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My wife complains that baking with bakeing power results in a bitter after-taste. We were wondering if there's a good substitute for it that tastes better. We sometimes use beaten egg whites (in pancakes for example) to substitute for the BP, but in dryer recipes that might not work so well (like scones) and even in pancakes the results are less than great.

Any ideas?

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You might look at what the specific chemical agents are in your baking powder; it's possible that you have one that uses sodium acid pyrophosphate, which can leave a bitter taste.

Some people avoid the various aluminum based ones, as they can give a metallic taste, but it's likely preferable to bitter.

You can use baking soda and an acid, but it'll then be single-acting (it won't give a second rise when heated), which might affect your baked goods, particularly if you don't get it straight into the oven after mixing.

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You might also just check the amount you're using--some recipes seem to call for far more than is necessary, leading to the baking powder being detectable by taste. –  bikeboy389 May 12 '11 at 14:57
    
We've tried reducing the amount by 50%...to no avail. I got some BP with citric acid... maybe that will be better than the sodium-phosphate. I'll give it a go and post my results here. –  Yossi Farjoun May 16 '11 at 10:37

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