How to Make Self Rising Flour From Plain Flour & Baking Powder

Self-rising flour is flour that has baking powder and salt added, and is used in recipes for quick breads and cakes. Self-rising flour is convenient for bakers who regularly bake from recipes calling for it. For most home bakers and cooks, however, it's better to buy all-purpose flour and add the needed baking powder and salt, as the additional ingredients cannot be removed from self-rising flour when you don't need the additional salt or chemical leavener. All-purpose flour has slightly more protein than self-rising flour, but the difference is usually negligible.

Identify the quantity of self-rising flour required by your recipe. Use the same amount of all-purpose flour.

Multiply the number of cups of flour by 1 1/4. This will be the number of teaspoons of baking powder to add to the all-purpose flour. For example, if your recipe calls for 3 cups of self-rising flour, use 3 cups of all-purpose flour and 3 3/4 tsp of baking powder.

Add one pinch salt per cup of flour. If your recipe calls for 3 cups of flour, add three pinches of salt.

Sift the all-purpose flour with the baking powder and salt if your recipe calls for sifted self-rising flour. Proceed with the recipe as written.

Things You'll Need

  • Recipe
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Sifter (optional)
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Nakia Jackson has written for online publications since 2006, including columns for Sadie Magazine, Naseeb and Muslim Wake Up!. She has written on religion and beauty, crafts and music. Jackson's expertise stems from personal experience and her years at Berklee College of Music, pursuing a Bachelor of Music.