That mysterious little ingredient hiding in your pantry, taken out occasionally to help the other, more important, ingredients make a cake. What are you, oh baking powder? You mysterious white powder in a strange container! What are you capable of doing? Why do trustworthy recipes call out for you by name? I mean sure, no one really knows what baking soda is either, but at least it has a bulging arm emblem that immediately recalls strength, and assumingly, a purpose of some sort. But baking powder? No such rapport.
Maybe you already knew that both baking soda and baking powder are used as "levelers" in baked goods which help the dough rise and create a fluffy-ish texture. This is caused by a chemical reaction achieved when moisture is added to the baking powder releasing carbon dioxide, which gets trapped inside tiny air pockets in the dough. (Think sponge cake)
But did you know that you could MAKE baking powder? YUP! And here's another little secret: its made out of baking soda!
Whoa, sit back down. I know its shocking, but just click on, and you'll see the lies unfurl. Baking powder, you have some explaining to do!
Step 1: The Ingredients
Two, sometimes three, ingredients are used to make Baking Powder:
1 part Baking Soda
2 parts Cream of Tartar
(optional) 1 part Corn Starch
Mix it all together in a lie of webs or bowl, if you prefer. Shake it up to make sure it all gets mixed