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

Example Sentences

The recipe calls for a teaspoon of baking powder.
Recent Examples on the Web Add flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, and stir to combine. Sutanya Dacres, WSJ, 3 Mar. 2023 Flour, of course, as well as its buddies, baking powder and salt. Allison Robicelli, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2023 Place almond flour, baking powder and salt in bowl of stand mixer or large mixing bowl. Ryan Turner, USA TODAY, 22 Dec. 2022 Whisk together remaining flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl. Torie Cox, Country Living, 27 Feb. 2023 To make homemade buttermilk pancakes, prepare the pancakes as above, except reduce baking powder to 1 teaspoon and add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda to dry mixture; substitute buttermilk or sour milk for the milk. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Feb. 2023 Corriher recommends mixing ¼ teaspoon baking powder into ½ cup very hot water or ¼ teaspoon baking soda into ½ cup very hot water mixed with ¼ teaspoon white vinegar. Aaron Hutcherson,, 3 Jan. 2023 In our recent category test for combo vacuum mops, the Crosswave earned great scores in dry debris pickup tests of cereal, coffee grounds and baking powder. Carolyn Forté, Good Housekeeping, 8 July 2022 To each purchaser of Wrigley’s Scouring Soap the young salesman gave a free sample of baking powder. Gregg Opelka, WSJ, 18 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of baking powder was in 1846

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“Baking powder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

baking powder

: a powder that usually consists of sodium bicarbonate, an acidic substance (as cream of tartar), and starch or flour and that makes the dough rise in baked goods (as cakes)

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