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  • So baking powder is a complete leavener, baking soda is half of a leavening combination.

    Harold McGee's 'Keys To Good Cooking' For Chefs

  • Irish soda bread - or just soda bread, if you prefer - is a type of quick bread that uses baking soda as a leavener.

    What is Irish soda bread? | Baking Bites

  • Luckily her grandma is a phone call away, and gave her the recipe for these Grandma's Toasted Butter Pecan Cookies, which Allison was surprised to discover have no egg or leavener.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • I preferred this latter version -- note it is almost like a rolled thin shortbread as there is no leavener.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • A pancake has more flour and less egg and includes a chemical leavener and sometimes butter, which adds to the cakiness.


  • You can add a teaspoon or two of baking powder if you wish for even more lift, but strictly speaking, chemical leavener is not necessary.


  • Sometimes a chemical leavener, baking powder or baking soda, is added to the batter to increase leavening.


  • You could add yeast to this as the leavener, but then it would be brioche, not cake.


  • Baking soda will do the same leavening, given sufficient acid to react with it, but I prefer double-acting baking powder, which contains its own acid, also releases gas when heated, and is a more consistent leavener.


  • It is actually more like a sweet bread than a cake because it is made with a yeasted dough instead of being leavened with a chemical leavener, such as baking soda.

    2007 July | Baking Bites


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