Homemade Baking Powder

Makes about 1/3 cup Servings

June 2008

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cream of tartar

  • 2 tablespoons baking soda

Recipe Preparation

  • Sift 1/4 cup cream of tartar and 2 tablespoons baking soda through fine strainer 3 times into small bowl. DO AHEAD: Can be made 4 weeks ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

Recipe by Scott Peacock

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Why You Should Make Homemade Baking Powder

It's so easy to make and makes a definite difference in terms taste, but those are not the only reasons why you should take on this kitchen DIY project.

Here, in no particular order, is a quick lesson in kitchen science, a route to better tasting biscuits and other baked goods, and a handy tip in case you run out of baking powder and can&apost get to the store to buy more. Making your own baking powder requires just two ingredients and takes a mere moment. Try it in a favorite recipe and see if you can taste the difference.

Food writer Jane Lear swears by a DIY baking powder blend for her favorite buttermilk biscuit recipe, which comes from the Southern chef Scott Peacock, co-author with Edna Lewis of a beautiful cookbook called The Gift of Southern Cooking: Recipes and Revelations from Two Great American Cooks ($59.71, amazon.com). Let us quickly diverge: Edna Lewis is, of course, the chef and culinary legend whose book The Taste of Country Cooking, ($134.60 amazon.com), is among the most important American cookbooks. Peacock is also a celebrated chef himself and began making his own baking powder after working with Miss Lewis. As he explained in their book, Miss Lewis was "distressed" by the metallic aftertaste of commercially available "double-acting" baking powders, which often contain sodium aluminum sulfate, among other chemicals. She began mixing a simple combination of baking soda and cream of tartar, to mimic the "single-acting" powders of the past. (These same "single-acting" powders are much like the ones sold in parts of Europe, where "double-acting" versions are not as widely available.)

The baking powder sold in most American grocery stores is labeled "double-acting" and is not interchangeable with baking soda, but what does that mean? Baking soda and baking powder are leavening agents, meaning that they cause baked goods to rise. How they rise and when depends on their chemical makeup. Baking soda is pure alkaline, or a base. When it&aposs mixed with an acidic ingredient, like lemon juice, vinegar, or buttermilk, it causes a chemical reaction that creates carbon dioxide.

Baking powder is actually made of baking soda, but with an acidic ingredient added, usually cream of tartar, and often a thickener like cornstarch. If it&aposs single-acting powder, then the chemical reaction occurs when it&aposs mixed with the liquid in a recipe. Double-acting baking powder is formulated to react twice—once when it encounters the liquid, and again when the mixture meets the heat of the oven. The odium aluminum sulfate and other chemicals of the commercial blends are added to encourage that later reaction.

Even if your palette isn&apost quite as sensitive as that of Miss Lewis (or Scott Peacock or Jane Lear, either), you will taste a difference when you bake biscuits with homemade baking powder. Even slathered with butter and jam, the difference in taste will be noticeable. The richness of the butter and the tang of the buttermilk will be more pronounced.

It is worth noting that since the DIY blend does not contain any ingredients to promote double action, you have to act faster when baking with it. Don&apost let the uncooked batter or dough sit too long, or the baked goods could fall a little flat. As Marion Cunningham explains in The Fanny Farmer Baking Book, "Homemade baking powder is perfectly efficient, but remember that it is single-acting, so once you’ve combined the ingredients, pop the batter right into the oven so you don’t lose any &aposoomph.&apos"


How to Make DIY Homemade Baking Powder

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Arrowroot Powder or Tapioca Starch
  • 1 Cup Cream of Tartar

Instructions

  1. Mix baking soda, arrowroot powder and cream of tartar together.
  2. Store in an air tight container.
  3. Use in place of commercial baking powder in recipes.

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I have used this recipe to make my own baking powder for years. Everything I make turns out great. I do not own store-bought baking powder because of the preservatives they use.

I'm afraid I don't get it. I used this for both the biscuit recipe and the cornmeal cake, and neither one rose worth a damn. When it happened with the biscuits, I was disappointed, but for some reason, biscuits have never worked for me. But when the cake came out with a caved-in middle, I knew the problem couldn't be me. For whatever reason, this homemade version of a pantry staple just didn't work for me. I'm not going to hold it against the biscuits, which were tasty in spite of not having risen very much, but neither am I going to bother with this homemade baking powder again, either.

Worked like a charm--can't really do any better than that, right? Right.

works great. We're a DIY baking powder house now. For ease. the ratio is 2 parts cream of tartar (tartaric acid) 1 part baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)

At last, a baking powder without the 'metallic' taste. This will be included in the gift baskets this Christmas season. The bakers in the family will love this!

Fantastic, I make Nigella Lawson' s pancake powder mix and previously it had tasted really 'tinny' and metallic. With this baking powder the pancakes were divine. The quantity is not too large, good for a few weeks baking in a family.

This is a great recipe. It works well in all of my recipes that call for baking powder and I don't need to worry about aluminum in my baked goods anymore. I've already made the recipe twice.


Skillet Flatbreads

Using a basic ratio of five pantry staples, you can have fresh, hot bread on the table in less than an hour AND no need to turn on the oven. Add and change ingredients to your taste, and you'll have an endless array of tasty flatbreads to accompany any meal.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (361g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons (35g) olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (227g) ice water
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons (25g to 35g) vegetable oil, additional for frying

Instructions

Place the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.

Add the oil and ice water, and mix to make a soft, cohesive dough. Adjust with flour or water as needed. The dough should be moist but not sticky. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rest for 10 minutes.

Preheat a heavy-bottomed skillet on the stovetop. Add 1 tablespoon oil and heat until the oil starts to shimmer in the pan.

Divide the dough into 10 to 12 equal pieces. Each piece should weigh about 1 1/2 to 2 ounces, about the size of a large egg. Dredge each piece in flour, and roll to a rough circle or oval, about 1/4" thick. OR hand shape the pieces by flattening between your palms.

Perfect your technique

Skillet Flatbreads

In batches, fry the flatbreads in the hot oil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip and fry on the second side for another 2 minutes. Transfer from the pan to a rack to cool slightly before serving. Add more oil as needed for frying successive batches.

Tips from our Bakers

Rye variation: Replace 1 cup of the all-purpose flour with 1 cup Perfect Rye Flour Blend and 2 teaspoons Deli Rye Flavor. All other ingredients remain the same. Serve with cream cheese, chives, tomato, thinly sliced onion and capers.

Join King Arthur baking instructor, Libby Treadway and her son as they make Skillet Flatbreads together from start to finish. Watch Making Skillet Flatbreads with Kids now.


Store Bought Baking Powder Substitute

If you are out of baking powder, or are just trying to create an organic baking powder option, then this is the recipe for you!

In this baking powder recipe I use three simple ingredients: Baking soda, cream of tartar, and arrowroot powder.

Super easy! Plus, it allows me to control the quality of each item. With the exception of the baking soda I was able to use all organic ingredients!

And, since I have a corn allergy, this DIY baking powder recipe allows me to avoid the cornstarch that is usually in store bought baking powder.

An Update on Organic Cream of Tartar
Until a few months ago there were two companies that offered organic cream of tarter. The one I used was McCormick - but they stopped making the organic version available.

Spicely also had an organic cream of tartar that was available until a few months ago. which makes me wonder if something happened to the supply of organic cream of tartar!

My local health food store still had some in stock and I bought it all, so I have some for a while. So, if you are looking for organic cream of tarter, you might check your own local health food store to see if they have a back stock of the older stuff.

Homemade Baking Powder FAQs

How do you store DIY baking powder?
You can keep it in an air tight container in the pantry, just like store bought baking powder.

I have kept it in a glass jar or simply used the homemade baking powder to refill the old container from the store bought version.

How long does this baking powder substitute last?
Generally, I have found that this baking powder will last until it's gone. But that's probably because I go through it pretty quickly!

If you don't bake often, you will want to test it for freshness before using it. If you use "flat" baking powder your recipe will not turn out well.

How can you tell if baking powder is expired?
Mix 1 teaspoon of baking powder with 1/3 cup of water. If it fizzes then it is ready to use for baking!

Do I have to use arrowroot powder?
Nope! You can use cornstarch instead in a 1:1 ratio in place of arrowroot. We use arrowroot due to a corn allergy.


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Baking Powder vs. Baking Soda

Baking powder is a dry powder leavening agent for baked goods that is a mixture of baking soda and a weak acid (such as cream of tartar). Most commonly it is used in recipes that are alkaline instead of acidic (think lemon, lime and vinegar). Baking powder works well in foods that do not use yeast, and are fabulous for quick breads like this cranberry nut bread and eggless (vegan) banana bread! Baking is such a chemistry!

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is an alkaline leavening agent. Picture grade school and experimenting with baking soda mixed with vinegar. When mixed you get major fizzy bubbling action overflowing from cups or out of volcanoes. When baking soda is paired with an acid (such as cream of tartar) it expands the batter for pancakes, waffles, cakes, soda bread and other baked goods.


Easy Homemade Foot Powder Recipe for No More Stinky Feet

This homemade foot powder recipe is an all natural way to get rid of stinky feet! There is nothing worse than stinky feet, and unfortunately my poor sweet daughter has the stinkiest feet ever! I&rsquom so excited to share my latest miracle Homemade Foot Powder.

This simple to make foot powder recipe helps to reduce sweatiness, fight odor, and leaves feet smelling fresh all day!

A few weeks ago, my daughter took her shoes off and I thought something died. No joke! I immediately threw her shoes into the washing machine, then got out my essential oils kit and began mixing up a foot powder.

I was determined to help her! I feel bad that she inherited stinky feet from my Dad and me. LOL!

After a few days of using the homemade foot powder on her, I took the test and smelled her feet after school (when they are always the stinkiest!) It was a MIRACLE! No smell. I couldn&rsquot believe it! The whole house cheered with joy. ha! Hence the name &ldquoMiracle Foot Powder&rdquo. ha!

This only happens when she wears tennis shoes. I have washed her feet like crazy, used various sprays and have never had this good of results. So far, it&rsquos been over a week and her feet and shoes are stink free! Now I&rsquom sprinkling this powder in all of our shoes. Love it!

I designed a cute free printable label for our jar of foot powder and now I want to make some for all of my friends!

What Essential Oils Are Best for Making Foot Powder?

To come up with a homemade foot powder, I did some research about which essential oils are best for feet.

Tea tree oil (also known as Melaleuca alternifolia) is not only known for cleansing and getting rid of bacteria, but also for relieving athlete&rsquos foot. So I knew I would put this oil into my concoction.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center eucalyptus contains substances that kill bacteria. It also may kill some viruses and fungi. Plus, I love the clean smell of Eucalyptus. It reminds me of going to a fancy spa!

To tone down the strong smell of the first two oils and provide a calm relaxing scent for a kid, I added Lavender Oil. Overall, the powder smells great and makes your feet feel tingly clean!

How to make Homemade Foot Powder

What you&rsquoll need:

  • 3 tablespoons Corn Starch
  • 3 tablespoons Baking Soda
  • 15 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 15 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil (add more if you like!)
  • Small Mason Jar
  • Free Printable Foot Powder Labels (Great for gifts!)

Mix all ingredients together in a glass jar. The amount of essential oil is a personal preference. Add less if you think it&rsquos too strong.

I rubbed this powder on my daughter&rsquos feet before bed and then sprinkled in her shoes in the morning before school for 3 days in a row. Now I&rsquom sprinkling it in her shoes every other day.

This should always be kept away from pets as it&rsquos not for digestion. Ask your doctor before using on any children under the age of 2, as it might irritate their skin. If you have sensitive skin, test on your skin before fully applying.


How Does A Homemade Baking Powder Subsitute Work?

This homemade baking powder substitute works the same way that regular baking powder does. The two main components baking soda (which is alkaline) and cream of tartar (which is acidic). When they react, they produce CO2 and have a leavening effect.

The key to making baking powder at home is to keep the baking soda and cream of tartar from reacting before you are ready. They start to react when they come in contact with moisture, so we keep them dry by including a starch (arrowroot in this case). Commercial baking powders use cornstarch or wheat starch to achieve the same thing.

NOTE: This paleo baking powder substitute is single acting, not double acting. Commercial double-acting baking powder reacts (releases gas) once when it’s mixed with liquid, and then again a second time when heated (such as during baking). Homemade baking powder only reacts at the first step, which means your baked goods can go flat if you don’t use the batter immediately.