BAKING IN KENYA SERIES: Raising Agents used in Baking in Kenya

This is the second post on our Baking In Kenya Series focusing on ingredients used in baking and are available in Kenya.

Yeast is used to help breads rise


Today’s post is on different raising agents used while baking.

  1. Baking Powder
    This is a chemical raising agent that is a blend of acid and an alkali (baking soda). Baking powder works by creating carbon dioxide gas when you add liquid and heat. The gas is what makes the rising possible. Baking powder is used for baking cakes, cupcakes and cookies.
    Baking powder
  2. Baking Soda
    This is also a chemical raising agent, it’s an alkali. Baking soda is used when there is an acidic ingredient present e.g. applesauce, buttermilk (maziwa mala), chocolate, cocoa powder, honey, lemon juice, molasses etc. Products rise through creation of carbon dioxide due to liquid and heat as well. Baking soda is used when stated in a recipe for cakes, cupcakes and cookies.
    Baking Soda
  3. Yeast
    This is a natural leavener. It is used for breads and bread products such as buns, croissants, pastries etc. Click on this link for more information on how yeast works.
    Active dry yeast
  4. Eggs
    Eggs are also natural raising agents. When egg whites are whisked or beaten with sugar, this creates a rise and helps in the rising of cakes while baking. You can use egg yolks and sugar in the same way. Many sponge recipes use eggs as a raising agent.
If you have any more suggestions on any other raising agents, please comment below.
Happy Baking ^_^!

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Published by Maureen Kamari

Amari Baking Center offers baking classes to those who want to learn how to bake. We train our students using Cookswell original charcoal ovens. We also offer basic business start-up training for those who want to start small baking businesses. We do groups vocational training anywhere in East Africa as well. We hold classes in our home-based bakery workshop located on Ndwaru road in Riruta, Nairobi; off Naivasha road, next to Pelida School. We use original Cookswell charcoal ovens to bake and train our students due to their efficiency, effectiveness and economy. They are the best option for anyone starting a small baking business on a budget.

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