Baking Powder

The raising agent most popular and used is the yeast, used to make breads. Other popular agents used for baking are the baking soda and baking powder.

Today I will share information about baking powder hoping to be able to answer several questions I have received from my followers.

Most commercially-available baking powders are made up of an alkaline component (typically baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate), one or more acid salts, and an inert starch (cornstarch in most cases, though potato starch may also be used). The acid in a baking powder can be either fast-acting or slow-acting. A fast-acting acid reacts in a wet mixture with baking soda at room temperature, and a slow-acting acid will not react until heated in an oven. Baking powders that contain both fast- and slow-acting acids are double acting; those that contain only one acid are single acting. A common low-temperature acid salt is cream of tartar; High-temperature acid salts include sodium aluminum sulfate, sodium aluminum phosphate, and sodium acid pyrophosphate.

Leaveners can also weaken a baked goods' structure. The expanding air bubbles weaken and disrupt the gluten formed by the wheat flour when combined with liquid, during baking. If your cake dips slightly, it has too much leavening, so reduce the amount of baking powder by  1/4 teaspoon or baking soda by 1/16 teaspoon (a dash).

What is the difference between a single acting baking powder and a double acting baking powder?
Single-acting baking powders release their gases as soon as they're moistened. Double-acting baking powder releases some gas when it becomes wet and the rest when exposed to oven heat. By providing a second rise in the oven, double-acting baking powders increase the reliability of baked goods by rendering the time elapsed between mixing and baking less critical, and this is the type most widely available to consumers today.

Recipe to make a single-acting baking powder:
2 ounces cream of tartar
1 ounce baking soda
1/2 ounce cornstarch
Mix well. Store in airtight container.
Note: a scale should be used, the measurements by spoonful are not even.

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