Ask the Baker: Sifting Dry Ingredients

Question: When a recipe says to sift the dry ingredients, is that really necessary?

Answer: When baking powder and baking soda hit wet ingredients, they start to do their jobs right away.  They should be evenly dispersed throughout the flour so that your product will bake evenly.


We’ve added a fun new section to our  newsletter this month! Check out the right-hand column for an “Ask the Baker” section. Baker Deanna C. Rushing invites home bakers to ask their baking questions and each month we will publish one in the newsletter linked to the answer posted on our website.

Deanna C. Rushing, baker for The Wiltshire Pantry, is inspired by old methods of baking breads.  She is passionate about helping people develop an intuition for baking great breads at home with their own hands. We are so pleased to have this fun new addition to our monthly newsletter.

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