Baking powder is a solid mixture that is used as a chemical leavening agent in baked goods. It can be composed of a number of materials, but usually contains baking soda (sodium bicarbonate, NaHCO3), cream of tartar (potassium bitartrate, C4H5KO6), and cornstarch. (A base, an acid, and a filler respectively.)
Also, can anything be substituted for baking powder?
You can, however, make a baking powder substitute by using baking soda. So if you need two teaspoons of baking powder, use a teaspoon of cream of tartar with a half-teaspoon of baking soda. If you don't have cream of tartar on hand in your pantry, you can still use baking soda as a base for a baking powder substitute.
What can be used instead of baking powder?
Baking Powder Substitutions
- Mix ¼ teaspoon baking soda with ½ teaspoon tartar cream.
- Mix ½ teaspoon baking soda with ½ cup buttermilk, sour milk or plain yogurt.
- Mix ¼ teaspoon baking soda with 1/3 cup of molasses.
- Lemon juice can be used as a substitute for some of the liquids in certain recipes that use baking soda.
How do you make baking soda into baking powder?
Yes, as long as there is enough of an acidic ingredient to make a reaction (for 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, you need 1 cup of buttermilk or yogurt or 1 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar). And remember that baking soda has 4 times the power of baking powder, so 1/4 teaspoon soda is equivalent to 1 teaspoon of baking powder.