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baking powder

any of various powders used as a substitute for yeast in baking, composed of sodium bicarbonate mixed with an acid substance, as cream of tartar, capable of setting carbon dioxide free when the mixture is moistened, causing the dough to rise.
Origin of baking powder
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for baking powder
  • Whisk together flour and baking powder in a large bowl.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt into a medium bowl.
  • baking powder is a cooking product that helps batter to rise.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, sugar and salt into a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour baking powder batter into mold and level the surface.
  • Sift flour, baking powder and salt into mixing bowl.
  • In a bowl combine the cornstarch, flour, and baking powder.
  • Whisk together the flour with the baking powder, baking soda, and the zests in another large bowl.
  • Sprinkle baking powder over center of dough, then gather edges of dough and pinch to seal in baking powder.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.
British Dictionary definitions for baking powder

baking powder

any of various powdered mixtures that contain sodium bicarbonate, starch (usually flour), and one or more slightly acidic compounds, such as cream of tartar: used in baking as a substitute for yeast
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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baking powder in Science
baking powder
A mixture of baking soda, a nonreactive filler (such as starch), and at least one slightly acidic compound (such as cream of tartar). Baking powder works as a leavening agent in baking by releasing carbon dioxide when mixed with a liquid, such as milk or water.
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