baking powder


Definition of baking powder

: a powder used as a leavening agent in making baked goods (such as quick breads) that typically consists of sodium bicarbonate, an acidic substance (such as cream of tartar), and starch or flour

Examples of baking powder in a Sentence

The recipe calls for a teaspoon of baking powder.

Recent Examples on the Web

Add the rest of the milk, egg, sugar, salt, baking powder, and most of the flour, saving a little bit for later. Vogue, "Swedish Chef Sofia Wood Shares Two Recipes for Semlor Pastries—Plus Schnayderman’s Shirts Offers a Calorie-Free Option," 4 Mar. 2019 Mixed thoroughly, then sprinkled 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt over the top. Mixed that stuff in, then added 1 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour and mixed to combine. Kim Walker, Woman's Day, "Friday Bake-Off: Banana Bread with Coconut," 27 Apr. 2012 Whisk together flour, pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Pecan-Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze," 1 Nov. 2018 In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Halloween Cat Cake," 2 Oct. 2018 In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, espresso powder, and salt. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Mocha Men and Star Cookies," 30 Nov. 2018 Scrape down the sides with a silicone spatula and mix in the eggs, vanilla, baking powder and salt. Alison Roman, The Seattle Times, "‘We are all connected by cookies’: A tribe with a bond stronger than royal icing," 12 Dec. 2018 In large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Easy Recipe Alert: How to Make Pancakes," 23 July 2018 Combine sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. House Beautiful, "Todd English's Surf & Turf Recipe at Kitchen of the Year," 20 July 2012

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First Known Use of baking powder

1847, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of baking powder

: a white powder that is used to make baked foods (such as cakes and breads) light and fluffy

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Kids Definition of baking powder

: a powder used to make the dough rise in making baked goods (as cakes)

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