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

Whisk together flour, pie spice, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Tara Bench, Country Living, "Marshmallow Ghost Brownies," 6 Sep. 2019 Gently fold in the ground pistachios, cornmeal or polenta, baking powder and salt. Becky Krystal, The Denver Post, "With their powers combined, strawberries, pistachios and olive oil make for one splendid cake," 4 Sep. 2019 For the cupcakes: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Bibby Gignilliat, The Mercury News, "Quick Cook: Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting," 27 Aug. 2019 Using a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt until combined. Claire Perez,, "A Rendez-Vous with blueberry pancakes," 16 Aug. 2019 For the topping: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Marcy Goldman, Twin Cities, "With less sugar, these cobblers, crisps and crumbles let their fruit flavors shine brighter," 15 Aug. 2019 Step 3 For the topping: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Marcy Goldman, Washington Post, "Peaches and apricots let the natural sweetness of this cobbler come through," 6 Aug. 2019 Further innovation came 10 years later, when baking powder, a mixture of a carbonate or bicarbonate and a weak acid (like tartaric acid, for instance), became available. Robin Mather,, "How to use summer’s bounty in quick breads that go sweet or savory," 16 July 2019 Step 2 Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder onto a sheet of parchment paper, then use the paper to pour the dry ingredients into the bowl. Jessie Sheehan, Washington Post, "With cream cheese frosting and festive sprinkles, this one-bowl cake is an everyday celebration," 10 June 2019

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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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