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Baking powder

Baking powder (also called "Alsatian yeast" or "chemical yeast" in France) is a chemical raising agent, mainly bicarbonate of soda (or sodium bicarbonate), which acts with heat to make cakes rise.

It is used in most cakes, like for example chestnut cake, added to the mixture, and put in the oven without delay.

It should not be confused with yeast, which is more usually used in breads and viennoiseries.

Note: French baking powder is not the same formula as British and is about twice the strength, so if you are using French baking powder in a British recipe, use half the quantity. If using British baking powder in a French recipe, double the quantity.

If you intend to buy:

In France baking powder is sold in packets of 10 famous small pink sachets of 10 g. Always keep some in stock, in an airtight tin or box, as it keeps for several months. [Translator's note: British cooks are more used to buying baking powder in tubs, and measuring by the teaspoonful. French recipes often specify it by the sachet.1 sachet = 2 level teaspoonsful, but because it it stronger, this is the equivalent of 4 teaspoonsful of British baking powder!]

If you want to use it:

Baking powder is straightforward to use. The only thing it doesn't like is to be kept waiting, once mixed, before being cooked.
Baking powder
Recipes which use it: 21, of which:
Little lemon biscuitsLittle Christmas biscuitsDublin fruit sconesChestnut cakePlain cake
Little lemon biscuitsLittle Christmas biscuitsDublin fruit sconesChestnut cakePlain cake

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Your 9 comments or questions on this page:

Is the rind edible once cooked, specifically oven baked?
By Juls january 14th 2012 at 22:41 (n° 1)
Rind of what?
By jh january 16th 2012 at 08:40 (n° 2)
what are the ingredients of a jar of griottines? are there any chemicals, additives, flavourings,aromas?
By trebor august 11th 2013 at 20:48 (n° 3)
No, there is nothing more than: cherry, sugar and alcohol (for good griottines of course :-).
By jh august 12th 2013 at 09:40 (n° 4)
Thanks for posting this Potato flour. I like it to prepare my indian dish.
By Anonymous january 22th 2015 at 12:44 (n° 5)
Hi
Can I use potentiometer mash powder to make cutlets?

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By Emma january 29th 2015 at 13:46 (n° 6)
Hi,

By "mash powder" do you mean mash potato powder?
If so, yes you can, see how to on this chicken recipe : chicken breasts in a potato crust.
By jh january 29th 2015 at 17:35 (n° 7)
What make is the popato and where can I buy it
By Jim january 28th 2018 at 21:36 (n° 8)
It's potato...
By jh january 29th 2018 at 11:42 (n° 9)
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