Thursday, September 10, 2020 by Divina Ramirez
Baking powder – a leavening agent in baking – is a kitchen staple. It’s the essential ingredient that adds volume to baked goods and lightens their texture. Without baking powder, biscuits, bread and cookies are sure to be dense. Therefore, it’s important to have substitutes or alternatives on hand at all times.
Before considering substitutes, it’s important to understand how baking powder works. For starters, baking powder’s leavening effect is due to the production of carbon dioxide that occurs when its three components – an alkaline powder like baking soda, an acid salt and a neutral starch – mix with a liquid.
The alkaline and acid components of baking powder are responsible for its leavening effect. When moisture is added to baking powder, these two components react to release carbon dioxide. This gas is then trapped in the dough, thus causing it to inflate or rise.
On the other hand, the neutral starch added to baking powder helps to absorb moisture in the air. This helps keep the baking powder from reacting to moist or humid air during storage. This component also often comes in the form of potato starch.
With these three main components in mind, looking for a baking powder substitute becomes simple enough. Listed below are 11 healthful ingredients that could act as a substitute for one of the three components of baking powder. Mix them with the appropriate ingredients to make a decent baking powder substitute.
Baking powder is essential to making bread, pastries and other baked goods so soft and light. But if baking powder isn’t available, just mix and match these ingredients to make a decent-enough substitute.
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