Homemade Baking Powder

With the winter storm that came through yesterday, we knew our bi-weekly trip to Miles City needed to be taken early.  I always look forward to this trip so I can stop in at the Vincent de Paul thrift store. It's the only thrift store in Miles City and I really enjoy stopping in there. Since we had to make our trip during the week, I would not be able to stop in because they would be closed. I tell ya, I'll be ready to visit in 2 weeks!

I have quickly learned that the Miles City Walmart is HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE about keeping their shelves stocked throughout the day. Because of this, I have to either do without or use a different brand. While I was there on Wednesday, the flour section of the isle was totally bare of all the  flour.  I looked and found one bag of all purpose flour on the bottom shelf tucked behind a bag of corn meal. Anyone who knows me, knows I really dislike buying all purpose flour. I keep bread flour in the freezer for my breads, but all purpose flour and having to add salt, soda and baking powder is just a nuisance for me. Why not just use self rising, everything is already in there.  Of course, I grabbed the last bag of flour.

Earlier this week, I began researching baking powder on the internet. I have a cake I'm planning on making next week that calls for cake flour. I don't buy cake flour, so I knew I was going to have to use all purpose.  Since this cake is a childhood favorite and I've never made it before, I wanted to make sure I use what the recipe calls for.  Since I always buy self rising flour, I decided I would make my own baking powder for this cake recipe. Yep, you read that correctly! I made my own baking powder on Thursday; and it works! I made a test pan of biscuits using the homemade baking powder and they were beautiful. So beautiful they were eaten before I got a picture of them.

Baking powder consists of ingredients that are in most kitchens. ~

The good thing about making your own baking powder is you can make however much you need from several teaspoons to a cup. Of course, making your own means there's no aluminum that is in the store bought.

Baking Powder~

1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon cornstarch

For making a cup of baking powder:

1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cream of tartar
1/4 cup cornstarch

Mix the ingredients well and use as your normal baking powder. Store in an airtight container.

1 comment

  1. that is too bad the Walmart is not stocked- very aggravating!


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