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#1 Missi

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Posted 09 February 2006 - 02:30 PM

I have a recipe that calls for (among other things),
*2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
*1 teaspoon baking soda
*1 teaspoon salt

My question is, is baking soda right, or could it maybe mean baking powder?

Thanks.

#2 leslie71

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Posted 09 February 2006 - 02:32 PM

if it says baking soda, it means baking soda

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baking soda is a leavening agent (makes the cake rise)

Edited by Lesley71, 09 February 2006 - 02:34 PM.


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Posted 09 February 2006 - 02:36 PM

found this:

Why do some recipes call for baking soda while others require baking powder? That's governed by the other ingredients in the recipe. Since baking powder contains an acid and a base, it has an overall neutral effect in terms of taste. Hence, recipes that call for baking powder often call for milk as well, which is also neutral. By contrast, baking soda is purely basic and as such, gives a bitter taste unless it can be neutralized by the acidity of another ingredient. Usually, the other ingredient is buttermilk or yogurt, and the two produce a balanced taste. I don't know any recipes that call for both baking soda and baking powder and can only speculate that they need great leavening power but have delicate flavors.

http://www.straightd...bakingsoda.html

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Posted 09 February 2006 - 02:40 PM

Thanks Lesley, great answer & explanation.

I love to cook, I'm just not good at it.

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Posted 09 February 2006 - 02:44 PM

All you need to do to be a good cook is follow the recipes exactly...particularly with baking. If the ingredients in a cake or bread don't come together just right, it'll mess up the final product.

Cooking is a lot more flexible than baking smile.gif I rarely measure when I cook unless it's a new recipe

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Posted 09 February 2006 - 02:49 PM

QUOTE (Lesley71 @ Feb 9 2006, 02:44 PM)
I rarely measure when I cook unless it's a new recipe


My Grannie could cook like that, and my Mom can, but me and my sister neither one inherited any cooking/kitchen skills. I can usually follow exact recipes, but if comes to halfing or substituting anything....forget it.

I asked about the baking soda because....I can remember putting in the fridge to absorb odors, brushing teeth with it, using it in laundry, but can't seem recall using it for cooking.

Thanks again.

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Posted 09 February 2006 - 02:51 PM

QUOTE (Missi @ Feb 9 2006, 02:49 PM)
My Grannie could cook like that, and my Mom can, but me and my sister neither one inherited any cooking/kitchen skills.  I can usually follow exact recipes, but if comes to halfing or substituting anything....forget it.

I asked about the baking soda because....I can remember putting in the fridge to absorb odors, brushing teeth with it, using it in laundry, but can't seem recall using it for cooking. 

Thanks again.



Well, it is called baking soda after all laugh.gif

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Posted 09 February 2006 - 03:01 PM

QUOTE (Lesley71 @ Feb 9 2006, 02:51 PM)
Well, it is called baking soda after all laugh.gif


laugh.gif Duh me wacko.gif




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