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On a whim you’ve decided to whip up a batch of cookies or your favourite cake. As you gather all the ingredients you realise you are missing one of the most vital components: baking powder. What to do?
Instead of running out to the grocery store (which sometimes isn’t really an option) or giving up on baking all together, how about making your own baking powder? Yes, we’re serious.
Making baking powder from scratch is as easy as whisking two simple ingredients together. If you're a baker you’ll most likely have them on hand.
How to Make Baking Powder
The two magical ingredients you need to make your own baking powder are: baking soda and cream of tartar (surprise!). Yes, cream of tartar makes an excellent substitute for baking powder when combined with baking soda. All it takes is the right ratio of the two. You'll need two parts cream of tartar to one part baking soda.
Here’s a quick baking powder recipe you can try in a jiffy:
1 tablespoon of cream of tartar
1/2 tablespoon of baking soda
Just whisk together and use like you would baking powder. Store in an airtight container for up to four weeks.
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