Baking Powder: Single Acting and Double Acting. How To Make Your Own Gluten Free.
Double Acting Baking Powder
Single Acting and Double Acting What Is The Difference? How to make homemade gluten free baking power.
Baking powder contains sodium bicarbonate, but it includes the acidifying agent already (cream of tartar), and also a drying agent (starch). Baking powder is available as the single-acting baking powder and as a double-acting baking powder.
Single-acting powders are activated by moisture, so you must bake recipes which include this product immediately after mixing.
Double-acting powders react in two phases and can stand for a while before baking. With double-acting powder, some gas is released at room temperature when the powder is added to the dough, but the majority of the gas is released after the temperature of the dough is heated. Most baking powders you buy in the stores are double acting
Make Your Own.
Single Acting Baking Powder
Single Acting Gluten Free Baking Powder Recipe
The recipe off my cream of tartar can.
2 Tablespoons of cream of tartar
1 Tablespoon of baking soda
1 Tablespoon of cornstarch
Combine ingredients: store in airtight container until needed. Makes 1/4 cup. This is gluten free baking powder.
You can still buy single acting baking powder. Single acting is used in some old recipes and bakers usually like single acting.
Cream of Tarter
Cream of tartar is made from the residue of grapes.Cream of tartar is not only used for making gluten-free baking powder. It's often used to stiffen egg whites. It can be turned into a paste to clean cookware.
How To Check Your Baking Powder .
To check to see if your baking powder is still good. Stir 1 teaspoon into one-third cup hot water. Right away there will be very strong bubbling. If not bubbling then it's no longer any good. The homemade baking powder will fizz as soon as added to the liquid. Be sure to preheat the oven and having baking pans ready before mixing the batter. Mix quickly and put in the oven right away for homemade powder.
The slightly bad baking powder is indicated when the powder contains lumps; a hard caked condition is no good at all.
Aluminum Free Baking Powders
Double Acting Baking Powder ingredients
Baking powders with and without aluminum compounds.Some cooks prefer not to use baking powder with aluminum because they think it gives food a metallic taste. Which is usually in double acting baking powder.
Double Acting Baking Powder Ingredients: Corn Starch, Bicarbonate of Soda, Sodium Aluminum Sulfate, Acid Phosphate of Calcium.
You can find some double acting without Sodium Aluminum sulfate. Here are some examples.
FROM AN OLD COOKBOOK: Modern encyclopedia of cooking
2/3 cups golden raisins
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. double acting baking powder or 1/3 tsp. single acting baking powder
3/8 tsp. salt
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup soft butter plus 2 tbsp or margarine
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Grease a 7 X 11 X 1 1/2-inch pan.
Start the oven 10 min before baking; set to moderate ( 350 F). Plump raisins,
Sift flour, measure, resift 3 times with next 3 ingredients. (You do not have to shift they will still be good, but the old recipes say to shift)
Cream butter in a 3 qt mixing bowl until soft and shiny, add sugar in 2 portions, creaming well.
Beat in eggs, one at a time until fluffy, then stir in vanilla.
Now add flour mixture and milk alternately in 2 or 3 portions, beating until smooth after each.
Stir in raisians be sure raisians are cool.
Spread batter in pan to uniform thickness.
Bake 23 to 25 min until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
How To Plump Raisins and Currants:
Wash raisins and turn into a colander. Cover, place over boiling water and let steam for 5 min. Cool.
Place raisins in the microwave to plump, use a microwave safe bowl, add the tablespoon of water, cover with paper towel, heat on high for 2 minutes, let sit a bit and then drain and use. Cool
Add a little whip cream and few nuts to the top, delicious.
Have you ever made your own baking powder?
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