So, you’ve had a craving for something sweet and want to whip up a tasty treat at home. Only problem is you’ve just discovered that you’ve run out of baking powder! While you might be tempted to skip it out of your recipe altogether, this humble ingredient actually plays an essential part in many bakes. Not only does baking powder help a bake rise properly, but it’s also sometimes crucial for flavour, texture and to achieve the perfect golden-brown finish. You’ll find baking powder is featured in almost every kind of recipe – whether that’s a traditional sponge cake or some quick and easy bread rolls – and that it works by creating carbon dioxide bubbles which leaven the dough/batter. Reckon you can just swap out baking powder for its close cousin bicarbonate of soda? While both are labelled as rising agents, baking powder differs from bicarbonate of soda as it is typically double acting. This means it doesn’t require an additional acidic ingredient (whether that’s buttermilk or lemon juice) in order for it to react and make your mix rise.
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