leav·​en·​ing | \ ˈlev-niŋ How to pronounce leavening (audio) , ˈle-və- \

Definition of leavening

: a leavening agent : leaven

Examples of leavening in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These days, recipes often include some chemical leavening, butter and milk, turning the hearty backwoods fare into a more refined treat similar to Irish soda bread. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, 4 May 2022 Flour, butter, water, milk, and a bit of sugar and salt are cooked on the stove; eggs are streamed in, acting as a natural leavening agent; and then the glossy mixture is piled into a piping bag and baked or fried. Tanya Bush, Bon Appétit, 10 Mar. 2022 Quick breads typically rely on chemical leavening agents (like baking soda and powder) rather than natural ones (like yeast and sourdough starter). Audrey Bruno, SELF, 20 Nov. 2021 Either way, the natural leavening imparts a crispier yet fluffier texture with better flavor, according to Patrick Ascaso. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Oct. 2021 In order to be called a tradition, the bread can only be made with four ingredients – flour, water, salt and yeast or leavening – as all additives, preservatives and fillers are strictly forbidden. Vivian Song, CNN, 14 July 2021 But there is a leavening of sadness that offsets the saccharine and ensures that Ove and his humanity stays in your mind. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Jan. 2021 Eggs also affect the ratio of dry to wet ingredients, which changes the result even if those eggs don’t play a critical role in leavening. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 18 Dec. 2020 The use of chemical leavenings, as baking powder and soda are called, helped create whole new categories of baked goods. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, 2 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of leavening

1626, in the meaning defined above

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“Leavening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leavening. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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