Baking powder, baking soda and living without self-raising flour

This morning I baked scones, which are easy enough, however I did meet a few hurdles along the way.  My main issue was the lack of self-raising flour in the kitchen, I had plenty of all purpose flour, but no self-raising. A quick Google search informed me that if you combine two teaspoons of baking powder to every one cup of plain, all purpose flour, hey presto – you have self-raising flour.  The next step was searching my mum’s kitchen for baking powder, none of that, but plenty of baking soda.  Another quick Google search and I found that you can make your own baking powder, through a combination of cream of tartar and baking soda. A few ingredients later and I was on the way to making scones, with some extra knowledge to boot. I won’t be buying self-raising flour or baking soda any more, that’s for sure.

Plain, all purpose flour –> Self-raising flour

  • 2 tsp baking powder sifted into one cup plain flour

Cream of tartar & Baking soda –> Baking powder

  • 2 tsp cream of tartar and one tsp of baking soda sifted together