Clever Uses for Baking Soda You Never Knew
Baking soda is a wonder substance both in and out of the kitchen. Here are all the useful things you can do with it!
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Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, serves many uses, not least as a leavener in various baked goods. When you put baking soda together with acid, such as vinegar, cream of tartar, yogurt, buttermilk, lemon juice or cocoa, carbon dioxide is released. This chemical reaction causes batter to expand and rise. Baking soda also acts as a leavening agent when exposed to temperatures above 180°F (82°C). So what are all the different uses for baking soda? Read on to find out.
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- 2 large water or soda bottles (empty)
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 sticks butter
- 6 eggs
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 4 tbsp cocoa powder
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Ready 2 large plastic bottles, cleaned and dried.
- Add 1 cup of flour to each bottle.
- Add 1/2 cup of sugar to each.
- Melt butter, then add equal halves to each bottle.
- Add 6 eggs, 3 in each.
- Add 1/2 tbsp of baking powder to each.
- Add 1/2 cup of heavy cream to each.
- Shake the bottles thoroughly until the contents are well mixed.
- In one of the bottles only, add the cocoa powder.
- Beginning with the cocoa powder mixture, add a dolop of batter to the center of a circular
- baking tin. Do the same with the other mixture, placing the dolop directly in the center of the previous one.
- Continue with alternating additions of each mixture until all batter is used and the tin is full.
- Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!