What do you do when you haven’t got any self raising flour – you make your own! Well that’s what I had to do the other day when I had a craving for another batch of these yummy scones and I realised that I didn’t have enough self raising flour left! I had plenty of plain flour in the pantry but no self raising flour. I was sure that I had heard of some way of turning plain flour into self raising flour!
So I jumped on the computer and searched for a solution. As it turns out I didn’t have to search for very long. There are quite a few baking sites that discuss making self raising flour (also know as self rising flour)! I ended up on nigella.com and found it gave a good explanation (see here).
I keep quite a bit of plain flour on hand because I use a lot of it but often I will run out of self raising flour. It’s so annoying when you get your heart set on making something but you find that you have run out of the flour that you need!
Anyway it turns out that you only need to add 2 teaspoons of baking powered for each cup of plain flour that you use. You also need to blend them together well to ensure that the baking powder is evenly mixed through the plain flour. You can do this by giving the two a good whisk or by sifting the two together. If you live in the US then you also need to add ½ teaspoon of salt per cup of flour. This will ensure that the homemade self raising flour is the same as the store bought flour.
Now that I know this I don’t have to stress so much about ensuring that I have the right flour before I start baking. You could even stop buying self raising flour and just make your own as you need it if you wanted to!
This is such a handy baking tip to know, I can’t believe that I haven’t looked it up before now!