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We don't have any baking powder but I've got a giant container of
baking soda/bicarbonate of soda that I bought for cleaning (and then
never used!) Is there a way to use baking soda as the raising agent
for baking instead of baking powder?

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We don't have any baking powder but I've got a giant container of
baking soda/bicarbonate of soda that I bought for cleaning (and then
never used!) Is there a way to use baking soda as the raising agent
for baking instead of baking powder?



I don't think so. I Googled and found this site:

http://chemistry.about.com/cs/foodch...f/blbaking.htm

It states:

"You can substitute baking powder in place of baking soda (you'll need more
baking powder and it may affect the taste), but you can't use baking soda
when a recipe calls for baking powder."

Jill

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On Sat, 14 Feb 2009 14:36:11 -0500, Kajikit
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We don't have any baking powder but I've got a giant container of
baking soda/bicarbonate of soda that I bought for cleaning (and then
never used!) Is there a way to use baking soda as the raising agent
for baking instead of baking powder?


I remembered seeing home made baking powder recipes discussed here in
rfc, so I googled recipes for you

http://www.dianaskitchen.com/page/re...kingpowder.htm

Here's a recipe for single-acting baking powder you could use in old
recipes calling for Royal brand.

* 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
* 1 tablespoon baking soda
* 1 tablespoon cornstarch

http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s...1/bakingpowder

1/4 cup cream of tartar
2 tablespoons baking soda

* Sift together cream of tartar and baking soda 3 times, then transfer to a clean dry jar and seal tightly.

Cooks' notes: Baking powder keeps in a cool, dark place 6 weeks.
Homemade baking powder can be used in any recipe calling for
commercial baking powder (and in the same quantity).



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Kajikit wrote:

We don't have any baking powder but I've got a giant container of
baking soda/bicarbonate of soda that I bought for cleaning (and then
never used!) Is there a way to use baking soda as the raising agent
for baking instead of baking powder?


Many years ago, I was probably about 11 or 12,
my mom got a book from the library on southern
cooking, and it had a recipe for soda muffins
which I believe used baking soda as the leavener.
What I remember more clearly was that it required
beating the dough with a hammer. That sounded
interesting, so I made the recipe, and I sure
gave that dough a sound beating.

As I recall, the muffins were quite dense.
I would not count it among my culinary successes.

I believe it was from one of the Time-Life series
of books. Great photography, good writing, but
I'm skeptical whether the editors actually made
any of the recipes.
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We don't have any baking powder but I've got a giant container of
baking soda/bicarbonate of soda that I bought for cleaning (and then
never used!) Is there a way to use baking soda as the raising agent
for baking instead of baking powder?


Nope.

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"Kajikit" wrote in message
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We don't have any baking powder but I've got a giant container of
baking soda/bicarbonate of soda that I bought for cleaning (and then
never used!) Is there a way to use baking soda as the raising agent
for baking instead of baking powder?


Not unless you have cream of tartar.


Making Baking Powder

You need baking soda and cream of tartar to make baking powder.

Mix 2 parts cream of tartar with 1 part baking soda. For example, mix 2 tsp
cream of tartar with 1 tsp baking soda.
Use the amount of baking powder called for by the recipe. No matter how much
homemade baking powder you made, if the recipe calls for 1-1/2 tsp, add
exactly 1-1/2 tsp of your mixture.

Cream of tartar is used to increase the acidity of a mixture. So, you can't
always use baking soda in recipes that call for baking powder. You can
switch baking powder for baking soda, however, just expect the flavor to
change a little.

Dimitri

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On Sat, 14 Feb 2009 11:47:12 -0800, sf wrote:

On Sat, 14 Feb 2009 14:36:11 -0500, Kajikit
wrote:

We don't have any baking powder but I've got a giant container of
baking soda/bicarbonate of soda that I bought for cleaning (and then
never used!) Is there a way to use baking soda as the raising agent
for baking instead of baking powder?


I remembered seeing home made baking powder recipes discussed here in
rfc, so I googled recipes for you

http://www.dianaskitchen.com/page/re...kingpowder.htm

Here's a recipe for single-acting baking powder you could use in old
recipes calling for Royal brand.

* 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
* 1 tablespoon baking soda
* 1 tablespoon cornstarch

http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s...1/bakingpowder

1/4 cup cream of tartar
2 tablespoons baking soda

* Sift together cream of tartar and baking soda 3 times, then transfer to a clean dry jar and seal tightly.

Cooks' notes: Baking powder keeps in a cool, dark place 6 weeks.
Homemade baking powder can be used in any recipe calling for
commercial baking powder (and in the same quantity).


Thanks SF! Alas we don't have any cream of tartar in the cupboard.
I've never even used it! But the problem is moot - I had to go to the
store for a few essentials so I picked up a new container of baking
powder while I was there.

Now why do they call it BAKING soda if it's not actually used for
baking? What IS it useful for aside from scrubbing the grunge off
stoves and sinks? I used to clean the stove with it but the new stove
is glass and I switched to a special stovetop cleaner that works
wonders.
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On Sat, 14 Feb 2009 11:47:12 -0800, sf wrote:

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Now why do they call it BAKING soda if it's not actually used for
baking? What IS it useful for aside from scrubbing the grunge off
stoves and sinks? I used to clean the stove with it but the new stove
is glass and I switched to a special stovetop cleaner that works
wonders.

But it is used for baking. You need to get on your computer and look it up.
Janet


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On Sat, 14 Feb 2009 17:25:46 -0500, Kajikit
wrote:

Now why do they call it BAKING soda if it's not actually used for
baking? What IS it useful for aside from scrubbing the grunge off
stoves and sinks? I used to clean the stove with it but the new stove
is glass and I switched to a special stovetop cleaner that works
wonders.


Here's some information http://www.joyofbaking.com/bakingsoda.html
and recipes http://www.armhammer.com/myhome/recipe.asp (IE is best)


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Kajikit wrote:

We don't have any baking powder but I've got a giant container of
baking soda/bicarbonate of soda that I bought for cleaning (and then
never used!) Is there a way to use baking soda as the raising agent
for baking instead of baking powder?


No.

You have to combine it with an acid. Mom always used Cream of Tartar or
Yogurt.
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Now why do they call it BAKING soda if it's not actually used for
baking? What IS it useful for aside from scrubbing the grunge off
stoves and sinks? I used to clean the stove with it but the new stove
is glass and I switched to a special stovetop cleaner that works
wonders.


But it is used for baking. Being an Aussie you might know it better as
bicarb soda. If you've ever made Anzacs you've used it.
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We don't have any baking powder but I've got a giant container of
baking soda/bicarbonate of soda that I bought for cleaning (and then
never used!) Is there a way to use baking soda as the raising agent
for baking instead of baking powder?


I don't think so. *I Googled and found this site:

http://chemistry.about.com/cs/foodch...f/blbaking.htm

It states:

"You can substitute baking powder in place of baking soda (you'll need more
baking powder and it may affect the taste), but you can't use baking soda
when a recipe calls for baking powder."


On Friday, I made biscuits, and having no buttermilk I used extra
baking powder instead of the buttermilk/soda combo. They rose fine,
but weren't all that good because I was also out of cake flour, and
had to use all purpose.

Jill


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On Feb 14, 3:02*pm, Mark Thorson wrote:
Kajikit wrote:

We don't have any baking powder but I've got a giant container of
baking soda/bicarbonate of soda that I bought for cleaning (and then
never used!) Is there a way to use baking soda as the raising agent
for baking instead of baking powder?


Many years ago, I was probably about 11 or 12,
my mom got a book from the library on southern
cooking, and it had a recipe for soda muffins
which I believe used baking soda as the leavener.
What I remember more clearly was that it required
beating the dough with a hammer. *That sounded
interesting, so I made the recipe, and I sure
gave that dough a sound beating.

As I recall, the muffins were quite dense.
I would not count it among my culinary successes.

I believe it was from one of the Time-Life series
of books. *Great photography, good writing, but
I'm skeptical whether the editors actually made
any of the recipes.



I made that recipe years ago. I expected them to be light but they
were like "common crackers" (rocks) from New England. Damn near wore
my arm out. They're called Beaten Biscuits and served with Smithfield
or other country cured hams.

Time Life "Foods of the World" is a wonderful series - out of print
for years, but one can often find single copies in second hand
bookstores and Ebay. The recipes were all tested - many by Michael
Field (RIP). My favorite cookbooks ever: photos by Life and text from
some really great writers - not always food professionals, but
definitely food lovers. For a number of them, the books were the
foods of their childhoods. They read like novels.
Lynn in Fargo
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On Sat, 14 Feb 2009 13:02:04 -0800, Mark Thorson wrote:

Kajikit wrote:

We don't have any baking powder but I've got a giant container of
baking soda/bicarbonate of soda that I bought for cleaning (and then
never used!) Is there a way to use baking soda as the raising agent
for baking instead of baking powder?


Many years ago, I was probably about 11 or 12,
my mom got a book from the library on southern
cooking, and it had a recipe for soda muffins
which I believe used baking soda as the leavener.
What I remember more clearly was that it required
beating the dough with a hammer. That sounded
interesting, so I made the recipe, and I sure
gave that dough a sound beating.

As I recall, the muffins were quite dense.
I would not count it among my culinary successes.

I believe it was from one of the Time-Life series
of books. Great photography, good writing, but
I'm skeptical whether the editors actually made
any of the recipes.


sounds like 'beaten biscuits,' which some liken to hardtack:

http://www.chefrick.com/beaten-biscuits/

http://www.dianasdesserts.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/recipes.recipeListing/filter/dianas/recipeID/1248/Recipe.cfm

your pal,
blake
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Kajikit wrote:

We don't have any baking powder but I've got a giant container of
baking soda/bicarbonate of soda that I bought for cleaning (and then
never used!) Is there a way to use baking soda as the raising agent
for baking instead of baking powder?



You'd need to add something acidic to get much leavening power in most
recipes. Traditional Irish soda bread uses 'bread soda', which is baking
soda, plus soured or buttermilk to provide the acid. Give it a try.


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