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Baking powder

Also Known As : Bakpoeier, Pluhur pjekje, Mashuq alkhubz (مسحوق الخبز), P’khrets’uts’ich’ (փխրեցուցիչ), Qabartma tozu Gozogintza hautsa, Vypiečka, parašok (выпечка парашок), Bēkiṁ pā’uḍāra (বেকিং পাউডার), Brašno, Bakpulver (бакпулвер), Ilevat en pols, Linuto sa kalaha powder, Pawudala wowotchera makeke, Fāxiào fěn (发酵粉), Prašak za pecivo, Prášek na pečení, Bagepulver, Bakpoeder, Bakpulvoro, Küpsetuspulber, Pampaalsa, Leivinjauhe, Levure, Levadura en pó, Pkvili (ფქვილი), Backpulver, Béikin páounter (μπέικιν πάουντερ), Khāvānō sōḍā (ખાવાનો સોડા), Poud boulanjri, Yin burodi foda, Beking paudar (बेकिंग पाउडर), Baking hmoov, Sütőpor, Lyftiduft, Ntụ ịme achịcha, Bubuk pengembang, Púdar bácála, Lievito in polvere, Bēkingupaudā (ベーキングパウダー), Bēkiṅg pauḍar (ಬೇಕಿಂಗ್ ಪೌಡರ್), Nawbayşı untağı (наубайшы ұнтағы), Msaow dot nom (ម្សៅ​ដុត​នំ), Beiking paudeo (베이킹 파우더pulveris, Cepamais pulveris, Kepimo milteliai, Fun (ຝຸ່ນ) baking, Prašok za pecivo (прашок за пециво), Leviora, Serbuk penaik, Bēkkiṅg paḍar (ബേക്കിംഗ് പൗഡർ), Trab tal-ħami, Paura tunu, Bēkiṅga pāvaḍara (बेकिंग पावडर), Jigd nuntag (жигд нун, Mu ant hpote paung dar (မုန့်ဖုတ်ပေါင်ဒါ), Pak powder (पाक पाउडर), Bakepulver, Proszek do pieczenia, Fermento em pó, Praf de copt, Poroshok dlya vypechki (порошок для выпечки), Prashak za, pecivo (прашак за пециво), Phofo ea ho baka, Bēkiṁ pavuḍar (බේකිං පවුඩර්), Prášok do pečiva, Pecilni prašek, Budada dubista, Levadura en polvo, Hamira, Bakpulver, Xokai xamirmoja (хокаи хамирмоя), Pēkkiṅ pavuṭar (பேக்கிங் பவுடர்), Bēkiṅg pauḍar (బేకింగ్ పౌడర్), P̄hngfū (ผงฟู) , Kabartma tozu, Poroshok dlya vypichky (порошок для випічки), Pishiriq kukuni, Bột nở, Pwder pobi, Baking puder (באַקינג פּודער), Pauda fun buredi, Iphawuda wokubhaka


Usage Tips

  1. Baking powder is very useful in making products like bread, cakes, muffins and pancakes.
  2. Baking powder should be stored in a cool, dry place and in an air-tight container.
  3. Avoid storing it in the refrigerator as it will absorb moisture and become inactive.
  4. Always use the exact amount of baking powder needed in the recipe as excess usage will make the end product flat while insufficient usage will make it heavy.

Common names and forms

  1. Gluten Free Baking Powder
  2. Raising Agent (Baking Powder)


Baking powder is a dry powdery substance with a smooth texture. It is a chemical leavening agent, made up of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate, NaHCO3), cream of tartar (potassium bitartrate, C4H5KO6), and cornstarch. The baking soda reacts with the cream of tatar, releasing carbon dioxide gas into the dough or batter it is added. This results in bubbles in the wet mixture which makes it expand and thus leavens the mixture. Cornstarch is added to baking powder to prevent it from clumping. Baking powder is used as a substitute to yeast, in products where fermentation may cause undesirable flavours or where the batter cannot hold the gas bubbles for long. Baking powder is also used when a quick production of leavened products is needed. Baking powder was discovered by Alfred Bird, an English food manufacturer in 1843. Baking powders can be of two types: single acting and double acting. Single-acting baking powders when mixed with a liquid immediately release carbon dioxide. So doughs and batters leavened with this must be put in the oven immediately, before all of the carbon dioxide gets released, in order to achieve the desired rise. Double-acting baking powders react when it's first mixed with a liquid and then again when the dough or batter is heated. This double reaction produces a greater rise and hence, fluffier muffins, cakes and bread. Apart from this, baking powder has another variety by the name baker’s ammonia. It results in a light, spongy product but can leave an ammonia flavor. It is a good choice when making flat cookies. The ammonia dissipates as the cookies are baked.

Selection Guide

Always buy branded, food-grade baking powder. Be sure it is free from moisture. Check the manufacturing and expiry date and choose between single-acting or double-acting baking powder as per the requirement.

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