Learn how to make self-raising flour by turning plain flour into self rising flour. It’s quick, simple and only needs two ingredients.
How to make self-raising flour
What is self-raising flour
It is simply regular flour with a leavening agent added to it.
What does that mean?
Basically it’s flour that creates a rise in your baking so you don’t end up with dense, flat cupcakes.
What’s the difference between all-purpose or plain flour and self-raising flour
Plain or all-purpose flour is essentially just ground wheat with the husk sifted out.
It will not create a rise in baking.
Self-raising flour on the other hand, will create a rise in baked goods and help them to be light and fluffy.
What ingredients do you need to make it
To make self-raising flour you will need:
Plain flour – also known as all-purpose flour. You can se white or wholemeal/ wholewheat depending what the recipe calls for.
Baking powder – can be purchased at any supermarket.
How to make it
To make self-raising flour, simply combine the ingredients in a bowl.
It’s best made fresh each time you’re going to use it rather than as a big batch.
For extra fluffiness, sift the flour and baking powder together.
What is self-raising flour used in?
This type of flour is used in most baked goods like cakes, cupcakes and slices.
Here are some of our favourite recipes using self-raising flour:
- 3-ingredient scones
- Best ever chocolate mud cake
- Chocolate coconut slice
- Fool-proof vanilla cupcakes
What can you use to make self-raising flour if you don’t have baking powder
If you don’t have baking powder you can still make this recipe.
There are two options
- Use 1/2 tsp bicarb per 1 cup flour
- Use 1/4 teaspoon baking soda with 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar and 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch
Can you make self-raising flour in bulk?
Technically you can but it is best to make as required rather than making a big batch to store as it can lose its rising power.
How to test if baking powder is still good
There’s nothing worse than making your favourite recipe only to have it not rise because the baking powder is past its best. To test, drop a teaspoon of it into hot water. If it bubbles, it’s still good.
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- 1 cup (150g or 5oz) plain (or AP) flour
- 2 tsp (10g or 0.34oz) baking powder
- Combine and use immediately.