Easily make self rising flour at home with this simple recipe using pantry staples! Options to make it gluten free, wholewheat, and lower carb.
If there is a way for me to make my own baking staples at home, I’ll do it.
As someone who works with lots of different flours, there’s something satisfying about making them myself. I never have to worry about running out or not being able to complete a recipe because of it.
I’ve already made oat flour, almond flour, and coconut flour from scratch, so it’s time to go back to basics with another kitchen staple, self-rising flour.
What is self rising flour?
Self rising flour is a combination of white flour, baking powder, and salt. It’s often used in recipes that don’t have any leavening agents in the ingredients (like baking powder or baking soda), and cuts down on the number of ingredients needed.
It can come in white flour, wholewheat flour, and even gluten free blends.
What is the difference between regular flour and self rising flour?
The only difference between the two flours is that one has added baking powder and salt in it. If you only had regular flour on hand, you need to add the rising agents to it. Luckily, if you come across a recipe calling for the self-rising flour, you can make it yourself quickly and easily.
Why this self rising flour recipe will be a pantry staple-
- Cheaper than store bought. Self rising flour is often more expensive than traditional all purpose flour.
- Takes 2 minutes to make. Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder together and you are done!
- Small batch required. You can make as much or as little as you want.
How to make self rising flour
- All purpose flour
- Baking powder
Mix everything together, then transfer to an airtight container until ready to use.
Can I use wholewheat flour?
You can use wholewheat flour to make self rising flour.
Gluten free self rising flour
Making your own gluten free self rising flour is possible, provided your gluten free flour has xanthan gum added in it. However, to ensure success in a recipe that calls for this flour, I recommend using a tried and tested blend, like Doves Farm gluten free self rising flour.
How do I convert all-purpose flour to self rising flour?
Converting all-purpose flour to self rising flour is simple and easy.
One cup self rising flour= 1 cup all purpose flour + 2 teaspoons baking powder + 1/16th teaspoon salt.
Storing and freezing instructions
- To store: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to six months. Any longer and it isn’t as fresh.
- To freeze: Do not freeze flour.
Recipes using self rising flour to try
Frequently Asked Questions
A substitute for self rising flour is all purpose flour mixed with baking powder and salt.
Oat flour and almond flour cannot be used instead of all purpose flour. They do not have the consistency or rising properties when mixed with baking powder.
If you omit the salt and baking powder from the recipe, you can use self-rising flour instead of plain flour for pancakes.
Homemade Self-Rising Flour
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon baking powder
- Combine all your ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and whisk together, until fully combined. Transfer to an airtight container.
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Why shouldn’t I should never freeze flour I found that by freezing it I can hold on to it a little longer and the freshness will always be there thank you
Does it matter if you use an aluminum-free baking powder?
I don’t see why not
I make the air fryer bagels using the SR flour but I find them salty. Can the amount of salt be reduced without affecting the “rise”?
Yes that is fine!
As a rule, for all bread products, I cut down the salt to half or less due to blood pressure issues. For instance, if something calls for a tsp of salt, I’ll usually use 1/4 or 1/3 tsp. How important is the salt for this? Would 1/2 tsp work instead of 2 without changing much?
This Naan is totally delightful, and I thank you so much!