Yeast, which is a biological leavener, can be replaced with chemical leaveners such as baking soda or baking powder. When using baking soda, it is necessary to mix it with an acid such as yogurt, lemon juice or buttermilk to create the gases that raise the dough or batter. It is also necessary to get the baked good into the oven as soon as possible to avoid losing volume.Continue Reading
In general, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda mixed with 1/2 cup of buttermilk, citrus juice or yogurt is enough to leaven 1 cup of flour in recipes. When using baking powder, 1 teaspoon is enough to leaven 1 cup of flour in a recipe. Leaveners work to give batter a lift by releasing carbon dioxide, which expands the bubbles of air already in the batter. Other chemical leaveners include baker's ammonia and cream of tartar, neither of which are ideal for using by themselves in breads or cakes.
Dough that is made with yeast substitutes do not need to rest and rise as dough made with yeast requires. Instead, it is typically better to get the dough or batter into the oven as soon as possible to let the heat of the oven work in tandem with the leavener to give the baked good its rise. For best results, it is advisable to use fresh baking powder or baking soda.Learn more about Substitutions
When making a traditional Yorkshire pudding, self-rising flour, which contains baking powder, can cause the pudding to turn soggy and flat during baking. Yorkshire pudding is a type of puff pastry that is more dense and compact than a popover, which is typically light and fluffy.Full Answer >
Baking powder can be substituted for baking soda in a recipe by adding 2 teaspoons of double-acting baking powder for every half teaspoon of baking soda and replacing the acidic liquid in the recipe with a non-acidic liquid. Baking powder is composed of baking soda, a dry acid, such as cream of tartar, and an ingredient to reduce moisture, such as cornstarch.Full Answer >
It is possible to use baking powder as a substitute for baking soda. For a straight substitution, use three times as much baking powder as baking soda. For instance, if a recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of baking soda, add 3 teaspoons of baking powder instead.Full Answer >
If a recipe calls for baking soda, it can be replaced by two to three times as much baking powder. Potassium bicarbonate can also be used, although this ingredient typically can only be found at a pharmacy, a drug store or a store that sells supplements.Full Answer >