Baking soda and baking powder are used for cooking. Both products produce carbon dioxide and cause the food to rise. They are both almost the same and baking powder contains baking soda.
Butter,margarine,shortening or oil. Butter traditionally is the choice for cakes. You can measure solid fats by covering them with cold water. For example, if your recipe calls for 1/2 cup fat, fill a measuring cup with 1/2 cup of water and add the fat until the water reaches 1 cup. Oil provides a more moist cake in many cases but be sure to use a vegetable oil. Margarine is usually whipped and contains more water and air so it may not always provide the best results, however, if using margarine you can usually use a stick variety. I suggest avoiding the kind in tubs.
Soak for 15 – 20 minutes and make sure to grab any clumps of baking soda gathered at the bottom of the tub, rubbing it into your armpits, hands, feet, chest or back.
Aside from the recipes, the book also features several pages of tips and other information that will help you with baking. One of the tip that I got is brushing your bread with milk will give it a soft and tender crust.
For an easy, at-home mouth wash, just put a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Swish, spit, and any trace of that morning breath will be gone. It neutralizes odor versus just covering it up, so you can be worry free all day. When brushing your teeth, dip your toothpaste in some baking soda for a little more oomph in your cleaning power. Feeling even more inspired by the power of baking soda? Make your own toothpaste with a paste mixture of baking soda and 3% hydrogen peroxide for extra pearly whites.
Baking Chocolate – You can use cocoa instead of baking chocolate by substituting 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon butter or margarine for each 1 ounce square of baking chocolate.
All of these times in the kitchen together are creating future memories. For a few hours we stopped the rush of the Christmas season and enjoyed the simple pleasure of baking and enjoying each other. What a fabulous way to celebrate Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year.