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Old 13-07-2005, 10:15 PM
 
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Hi,

I have occassionally followed recipes that needed either baking soda
and/or baking powder and I was wondering what their actual functions
were in cooking or baking?

Thanks,
Ben


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Hi,

I have occassionally followed recipes that needed either baking soda
and/or baking powder and I was wondering what their actual functions
were in cooking or baking?

They are called "leavening agents." They cause batters and doughs to
rise, but to a lesser degree and in a less complicated way than yeast.
Copy and paste this site into your browser for a quick description:

http://www.dianasdesserts.com/index....uickBreads.cfm

Note that "quick breads" include more than what you may think of as
bread. Pancakes, for example. -aem

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Hi,

I have occassionally followed recipes that needed either baking soda
and/or baking powder and I was wondering what their actual functions
were in cooking or baking?

Thanks,
Ben


The make carbon dioxide which will cause the baked goods to rise.

Dimitri




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