What Is Self-Rising Flour?
Self-rising flour is basically all purpose flour with baking powder and some salt.
It is categorised as a low protein flour with its protein content ranging from 8-10%, depending on the brand of the flour.
The amount of protein in a type of flour determines how much gluten can be formed. The higher protein content, the more gluten will be formed when the flour is being manipulated. Gluten helps create structure and texture in our baked goods.
We want our cakes and similar baked goods to be airy and fluffy. That's why we're using self rising flour or all purpose flour. They're low protein flours.
We love our breads to be chewy, that's why we use bread flour which is categorised as high protein flour.
Ok so now that we know a bit about self rising flour, let's see how can we make it at home without having to have several types of flours in our pantry.
How to Make Self-Rising Flour
Easy. Like I mentioned above, we will use all purpose flour, baking powder and salt.
For 1 cup (130 gr) of all purpose flour, add together 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt.
Mix well or sift them all together.
There you have it. Now don't skip any recipes that call for self rising flour just because you don't have it in your pantry. Use these other basic ingredients to make your own self rising flour.