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Would You use self made Self Raising Flour?

gracemuinamo's picture

Would You use self made Self Raising Flour?

I am a huge fun of baking and all that it entails. Stretching from the cooking, to the different cutlery and the food. With the pandemic here with us, there is a new crop of users who use plain flour to bake cakes and cookies among others. I find this to be different from what I am used to. They use plain flour but just add baking powder instead of self-raising baking flour. I don't know what you think of this? Would you try it?

suave's picture

Self-raising flour is just flour, salt, and baking powder, in some instances it may also contain sugar, powdered milk and powdered eggs.  Nothing special about making it at home.  And no, I did not click on your link. 

Colin2's picture

Would your website be interested in my article on how to make salted water?  I always keep some around for boiling pasta.  I also have an old family recipe for ice.  

barryvabeach's picture

If you have some time to kill,  read the comments here  on the Food recipe for ice.  You can sort them by most popular, and my favorite is the comment from    

Sugarowl's picture

Baking powder is not yeast, but it is a leavening. It is not a new thing, in fact using the ready mixes stuff is newer. Which came first, made from scratch cakes or the boxed mix? You don't use baking powder to make sandwich bread, but maybe biscuts or cookies. You can absolutely make your own self-raising flour though, it's just flour, salt and baking powder. It's just a shortcut, a convenience thing really. I have never used self-raising flour to make cakes or cookies. Once you learn the science behind what each ingredient does, it just doesn't make a whole lot of sense to buy self-raising for everything. Why don't you try a recipe that uses regular plain flour? You'll see it's pretty easy.

By the way, the website compares yeast and self-raising flour, not true. Both are leavings, but yeast is active microbes, where the baking powder/soda are chemical reactions. The comparison is very misleading to inexperience bakers. Look elsewhere for your information.

idaveindy's picture

SugarOwl, the original post above is spam.  The person is  trying to boost their web site's ranking in Google by having a highly-ranked site, such as The Fresh Loaf, link to them.

The person is smart enough to embed their link in what appears to be an on-topic post, and then  "plays dumb."

If you look at that web site's main page, it is loaded with ads. That's called an "ad farm" and it's how they make money.  They don't really care about meaningful content -- just enough to make it look legit to the casual passer-by.

Sugarowl's picture

I was just giving the benefit of the doubt. At least it's not that dating spam. I have Script blocker, so the ads didn't load for me. I have this site and a few others that it doesn't block. I've seen similar clueless posts on another site where the poster is very serious. They really were that clueless.