Cooking Essentials: Self-Rising Flour

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By Andy Anderson !
from Wichita, KS

Okay, it happens… you have a recipe that calls for self-rising flour, and you do not have any. I hate it when that happens. In my case most of the flour I use comes from France, and the type I purchase is not self-rising, so what do you do... Make your own, of course. This is extremely easy to make, but I have had so many questions on it, I thought I would post it, so you can have it on hand, when needed. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

serves Several
prep time 5 Min
method No-Cook or Other


  •   1 c
    all-purpose flour 4.8 ounces (136g)
  •   1 1/4 tsp
    baking powder, proofed
  •   1/4 tsp
    salt, kosher variety, fine grind

How To Make

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    Why am I using French flour? Well, it is not because I am pretentious. Most North American flours have much higher gluten levels than their European counterparts. I have clients that cannot eat anything made with flour; however, when I use French flours, they do not seem to have a problem… go figure. The problem is that the French flours I am using are not self-rising, and sometimes I need self-rising flour. Hence this recipe.
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    Proofing Baking Powder Okay, you have that box of baking powder in your cabinet, and it was handed down to you from your great-great grandmother. It is still good to go? Easy/peasy, just get a small bowl of vinegar, and toss a bit in. If it foams up it is good; however, if it just sits there, then it is past its prime. Throw it away, and spring for a new box.
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    The amount of baking powder you need is based on the protein level of the all-purpose flour that you are using. The French flour I have needs 1 1/4 teaspoons; however, when I used King Arthur flour, I needed 1 1/2 teaspoons. You might need to play about to get the precise amount for the flour you are using.
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    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
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    Place the ingredients into a small bowl and whisk together.
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    Use in any recipe that calls for self-rising flour. Enjoy.
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    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.