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baking powder

noun
1.
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
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50
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  • Sift the baking powder and spices with the flour and add these.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • (b) How should baking powder be combined with the other ingredients?

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • Come up like baking powder or patent yeast, don't you, Old Sport?

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • More pounds of Calumet are sold than of any other brand of baking powder.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • Elizabetta made one this morning, but she forgot to put in the baking powder.

    Jerry Jean Webster
  • Elizabetta made one this morning but she forgot to put in the baking powder.

    Jerry Junior Jean Webster
British Dictionary definitions for baking powder

baking powder

noun
1.
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
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baking powder in Science
baking powder
  (bā'kĭng)   
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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