Yvette Van Boven’s cookbooks are a treasure trove of how to’s and DIY’s. A lover of the kitchen and all it has to offer, I imagine she scours her pantry conjuring up master potions and culinary spells. For, she is a magician – as comfortable baking a simple white cake as she is a complex Pork and Chestnut hot pot.
Her recipe for homemade Baking Powder is by far the best example of her sorcery. It’s so very obvious! The average cook usually has all of the ingredients on hand. All that’s needed is a quick whisk of hand, a small canning jar and you’re all set.
Of all the publications on home baking, this is the first in my recent memory that includes a recipe for one of the chief building blocks in the perfect cake, cookie or brownie recipe. Yvette even goes so far as to keep the recipe simple enough that the reader can make as much or as little as needed to suit your kitchen. Brilliant!
What better call to baking! A small batch of light, fluffy hand whisked baking powder wrapped in a lovely Christmas ribbon and gifted with a beautiful whisk for the baker in your family. Doesn’t that sound lovely!
- 2 tablespoon cream of tartar
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch, optional
- Whisk all ingredients together in a small mixing bowl and store in an airtight jar. You'll be amazed that this Home Baked pleasure is lighter and fluffier than store bought baking powder!
- Yields 1/4 cup of baking powder
- Food Gift Love: Store in a lovely 4oz jar. Wrap it in a beautiful Christmas ribbon, add a lovely gift tag and gift this baker's gold with a beautiful whisk. Perfection!
- To add cornstarch or not to add cornstarch?: Cornstarch yields a longer shelf life to the finished product; however, you can leave it out if you plan to use your hand whisked creation within 2 months. Definitely omit the cornstarch if you are aiming for a gluten free finished product.