Running low on self-raising flour for your recipe? Don’t worry; you can easily create your own at home using two common ingredients: plain flour (all-purpose flour) and baking powder. This straightforward kitchen hack will rescue your baking plans in a pinch.
Is it really easy to make at home?
Let’s demystify making self-raising flour at home. You’ll often come across recipes calling for this unique flour, and you might wonder, “What’s that?” Well, it’s a type of flour conveniently available in UK and US supermarkets, complete with the essential raising agents. t’s the secret behind creating dishes like light and fluffy yogurt flatbreads, cakes, and muffins with ease.
But what if you’re all set to start mixing ingredients, and then, you realise you’re fresh out of self-raising flour? Trust me; I’ve been there countless times.
Now, here’s the super simple solution: Just mix plain flour with baking powder. Can you believe it’s that straightforward and saves you a trip to the store?
Should I use a level teaspoon or a heaped teaspoon of baking powder?
I suggest using 1 level measuring teaspoon of baking powder when mixing it with the plain flour. The amount in a heaping spoon can differ from person to person. It’s important not to use a teaspoon that you typically use for making tea or coffee, as it may not provide the correct proportions.
How to Make a Big Batch of Self-Raising Flour?: Step by Step
Creating a big batch is a smart move, especially if you’re an avid baker or cook. Here’s how to do it for both the UK and US audiences: Self raising flour available in the UK and US are slightly different, so I highly recommend checking the geographic location of recipe author. US recipes have got kosher salt, whereas UK ones don’t.
For the UK Audience
- Take 100 grams of plain flour (all-purpose flour).
- Add 1 level teaspoon (around 5 grams) of baking powder.
- Mix them thoroughly or sift, ensuring the baking powder is evenly distributed throughout the flour.
For the US Audience:
- Measure out 1 cup of all-purpose flour, levelled.
- To this, add 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and a pinch of kosher salt.
- Mix the ingredients well, ensuring the baking powder is evenly incorporated into the flour.
How to Store Self-Raising Flour?
Once you’ve made your batch, store it properly to ensure it stays fresh and effective.
- Airtight Container: Place your flour in an airtight container to protect it from moisture and air. This prevents the baking powder from losing its leavening power.
- Cool, Dry Place: Always store the container in a cool, dry pantry or cupboard away from direct sunlight and temperature fluctuations.
- Label Clearly: Don’t forget to label your container with the date of preparation to keep track of its freshness.
How to use the flour in your recipes?
This homemade recipe will give slightly over 100g of self-raising flour accounting the weight of the baking powder. Simply substitute this recipes calling for for 100g of commercial self-raising flour.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Sift for Smoothness: Sifting the flour before use helps distribute the baking powder evenly and ensures a smoother texture in your recipes.
- Use Fresh Baking Powder: Check the expiration date on your baking powder. Fresh baking powder is essential for effective leavening.
- Measure Accurately: When using your homemade self-raising flour, measure it accurately to achieve the desired results in your recipes.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How much baking powder should you add to plain flour to make self-raising flour?
To make self-raising flour, add 1 level teaspoon of baking powder to plain flour.
How can you check if baking powder is still active?
To check if your baking powder is active, simply add a bit of it to water. If it fizzes and bubbles, it’s good to go. If not, it’s best to discard it and get a fresh batch from the supermarket before using it in your recipe.
Recipes to make with Self Raising flour
Quick and Easy Homemade Self Raising flour recipe below
Uk Based recipes
- 100 g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder, levelled
US Based recipes
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- Begin by sifting the plain flour into a mixing bowl.
- Next, add the baking powder to the plain flour and give it a thorough whisk until the two are well combined.
- Your homemade self-raising flour is now ready to use in your UK recipes.
- Sift the plain flour into the mixing bowl.
- Add baking powder and kosher salt and whisk it through until well combined.
- Your homemade self raising flour is now ready to use in your US recipes.