Self-rising flour handy for biscuits


August 20, 2008|By Kathleen Purvis | Kathleen Purvis,McClatchy-Tribune

Help! I forgot to wear my glasses and came home with 5 pounds of self-rising flour instead of all-purpose flour. What can I do with it? And why do grocery stores in the South devote so much shelf space to self-rising flour?

The reason you see so much self-rising flour in the South is tradition. Self-rising flour is convenient for making biscuits, saving you a step in adding baking powder.

So that's one thing you can do with your self-rising flour - make biscuits with it. You also can use it in recipes that call for baking powder, such as quick breads and some cookies. Just omit the baking powder and salt.

If you want to substitute all-purpose flour for self-rising, you'd add 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt for every cup. So you can figure that self-rising has about that much per cup and adjust accordingly.

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