Do This Before Your Holiday Baking!

Baking Soda and Baking Powder TestIf you shoved your baking staples to back of your cabinet since last holiday season, you may need this baking soda and baking powder test. Because, just like your other ingredients, baking soda and powder freshness counts. So, before you gather your ingredients and pre-heat the oven, do this quick test to make sure your gingerbread men emerge from the oven pleasantly plump and your cakes rise to the occasion!

Why You Should Test Baking Soda and Baking Powder Freshness.

Both lose their effectiveness over time, typically after anywhere from 6 months to 1 year after opening. But, if opened and stored under humid conditions, they may not last until the “best used by” date on the container.

What is the Difference Between Baking Soda and Baking Powder?

The difference is that baking powder contains an acid, whereas baking soda does not. So, when using baking soda, an acid be added separately. Either way, when the acid interacts with the soda, carbon dioxide gas develops, giving your baked goods that pillow-like loft and airiness.

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How to Ripen Bananas for Baking in 30 Minutes

DSC_7295 Some of the best kitchen hacks make up for lack of planning. Or, shall we say, tips which allow spontaneous cooking or baking. Case in point – today I simply HAD to make a batch of vegan quinoa breakfast bars. But, my bananas were days away from achieving the squishy, mottled brown state only a baker could love. So, I was thrilled to find this tip from the Kitchn. Here’s how to quickly ripen bananas in the oven for baking. Continue reading