I try to keep a well-stocked baking pantry as well as I can because you really never know when the sudden urge to whip something up is going to strike. When you want to make cookies, you just want to make cookies and waiting won’t do! I made the unfortunate, although well-intentioned, mistake of decluttering my baking pantry a few weeks ago and I guess I just didn’t get it as fully re-stocked as I had thought.
Baking powder is one of those things that they say you should try to keep fairly fresh and not keep around for years and years because it loses its effectiveness over time. Well, I had some baking powder in there that had definitely been around for a bit too long, so I went ahead and discarded it. And I guess I just never picked up another jar. Woops! So of course I was assuming that I had everything I needed when the baking itch struck last weekend and then, mid-recipe, NO BAKING POWDER! Luckily, this is a problem with an easy solution if you have an otherwise well-stocked pantry.
So here’s how you can make your own baking powder if you ever run out! If it happened to me, it can happen to you! 🙂
–Baking Soda (Chris wonders why I always keep so many boxes of this in the house. It’s good for everything though!)
To make the equivalent of one teaspoon of baking powder, just mix together ¼ teaspoon of the baking soda with ½ teaspoon of the cream of tartar. I know, it’s a little bit confusing because that only amounts to ¾ of a teaspoon, but baking-science-wise, it does the same as 1 full teaspoon of baking powder.
As soon as I realized how well this worked, I knew I needed to make sure to share it here on the blog for anyone else who might find this handy in the future! My baking turned out perfectly and I thought of a new tip to share with you, which is pretty much my favorite thing in the world. 🙂 So I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t restock my baking pantry after all!
Hope this is helpful in your baking adventures!
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