Bread, muffins, biscuits, scones, cakes, if you frequently bake any of these from scratch, you probably have all the necessary ingredients on hand. But did you know that baking powder, the leavening agent that goes into these (and many other) recipes to help them”rise” can be made from scratch as well? Many bakers make their own fresh baking powder. What’s more, many commercial baking powder products contain aluminum — sodium aluminum sulfate. Make your own baking powder at home to avoid adding aluminum to your baked goods.
To make baking powder, you will need:
1/4 cup of cream of tartar
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 teaspoon corn starch
Sift ingredients together through a strainer into a small bowl. Pour into a jar and store tightly sealed for up to one month.
If you’re looking for something to do with that baking powder, we like these blueberry muffins from Alton Brown’s program on the Food Network, Good Eats.