leav·​en·​ing ˈle-və-niŋ How to pronounce leavening (audio)
: a leavening agent : leaven

Examples of leavening in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At Passover, eggs are used a lot in place of traditional leavening agents like flour, baking powder, and baking soda in many dessert recipes. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 29 Mar. 2024 For baked goods aside from bread, De Sousa said lowering the amount of leavening agent, such as baking soda or baking powder, will also help maintain the gluten’s integrity. Tiney Ricciardi, The Denver Post, 1 Feb. 2024 Rusu seconds the endorsement and has found that this particular vinegar does a better job than other acids in activating dry leavening agents. Charlotte Druckman, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 Most extracts and leavening agents such as baking powder, baking soda, or salt need to be measured with a teaspoon or tablespoon. Molly Allen, Southern Living, 7 Dec. 2023 Asad notes that most of these kits use leavening agents or eggs so that gingerbread doesn’t puff and expand like cookies. Jessica Booth, Parents, 19 Nov. 2023 Potassium bromate acts as a leavening agent in baked goods. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Nov. 2023 This acid often acts as a leavening agent when it is combined with baking soda. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 12 Oct. 2023 As a result, the amount of any leavening agent should be decreased in recipes. Nik Pugmire, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1626, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of leavening was in 1626

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“Leavening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leavening. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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: a leavening agent : leaven entry 1 sense 1

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