Can you substitute baking soda for baking powder in pancakes?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you substitute baking soda for baking powder in pancakes?”, and what are the other substitutes for baking powder?

Can you substitute baking soda for baking powder in pancakes?

Yes, you can substitute baking soda for baking powder in pancakes. Since baking soda has an alkaline ph, it needs an acidic ingredient to function as a leavening agent. Replace 1 tsp of baking powder with:

  1. ½ teaspoon cream of tartar plus ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  2. Or 1 teaspoon of lemon juice plus a ¼ teaspoon of baking soda

How to make pancakes without baking powder?

Ingredients 

  • 1 ½ cups flour, white or wheat
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or butter

Instructions 

  1. Heat a frying pan or griddle over a medium-high flame. 
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, and salt until well-combined.
  1. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, and lemon juice. The milk will curdle after a few minutes and that is what we are looking for.
  1. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until well-combined and lump-free batter forms. Add a tablespoon or two of milk to the batter if it is too thick.
  1. Melt butter or oil on a heated frying pan or griddle. Then ladle on about ½ cup pancake batter for a single pancake on a heated pan or griddle. 
  1. Cook the pancake for about 2-3 minutes or until bubbles emerge from the center of the pancake. At this point, the sides of the pancake leave the pan and develop a golden color.
  1. Flip the pancake and cook the other side for another 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. 
  1. Repeat the process until the batter is finished.

The best handy substitutes for baking powder

Buttermilk

Traditionally, buttermilk was prepared as a by-product of the churning of sweet cream into butter. Presently, buttermilk is prepared by fermenting milk using bacteria cultures. 

Replace 1 teaspoon (5 grams) of baking powder with a mixture of 1/2 a cup (122 grams) of buttermilk and 1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) of baking soda. Cut back on the overall amount of liquid in your recipe to adjust the texture of the end product.

Plain yogurt

Yogurt is a fermentation product, due to which it has a low ph and an acidic flavor. When combined with baking soda, yogurt acts as an excellent substitute for baking powder. 

Replace 1 teaspoon (5 grams) of baking powder with 1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) of baking soda and 1/2 cup (122 grams) of plain yogurt. Slightly reduce the overall amount of liquids in your recipe when using this substitute.

Molasses 

Molasses is a sweetener, produced as a by-product of sugar manufacturing. Due to the low pH of molasses, it can serve as an acidic counterpart of the basic baking soda, to function as a leavening agent.

Substitute a mixture of 1/4 cup (84 grams) molasses plus 1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) baking soda for every teaspoon (5 grams) of baking powder.

Cream of tartar 

Cream of tartar, potassium hydrogen tartrate, is a by-product of winemaking. It stabilizes the egg whites and creams by preventing the formation of sugar crystals

Substitute a mixture of 1 teaspoon (5 grams) of baking powder with 1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) of baking soda for 1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) cream of tartar.

Sour milk

Sour milk is the acidified milk that performs leavening when combined with a basic ingredient such as baking soda.

Substitute a mixture of 1/2 cup (122 grams) sour milk and 1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) baking soda for every teaspoon (5 grams) of baking powder.

How to make fluffy pancakes without baking powder or baking soda from scratch?

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or another oil like canola or sunflower oil
  • butter or oil as needed to grease the pan and cook the pancakes

Instructions 

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk flour, sugar, and salt until well-combined.
  1. Carefully crack the eggs and collect the egg whites and egg yolks separately.
  1. Whisk the egg yolks thoroughly. Then stir in oil, vanilla extract, and milk until homogenous.
  1. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix well until a thick and lump-free batter forms.
  1. Grab a squeaky clean bowl and pour egg whites into it. Whisk the egg whites using an electric mixer until soft peaks form. This should take about 2-3 minutes. Start at a low speed then slowly increase the speed to the maximum.
  1. Gently fold the fluffy egg white mixture into the egg yolk mixture using a spatula. 
  1. Make pancakes right after for best results.

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “Can you substitute baking soda for baking powder in pancakes?”, and what are the other substitutes for baking powder?

References

https://oureverydaylife.com/13527478/how-to-make-homemade-pancakes-without-baking-powder/
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-baking-powder-substitutes
https://www.myrecipes.com/extracrispy/how-to-make-a-baking-powder-substitute

Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.