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Self-rising flour is a staple ingredient in many recipes! Learn how to make self-rising flour with just 3 simple ingredients!

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Self-rising flour is a staple ingredient in so many southern recipes! Learn how to make your own self-rising flour with this quick and easy substitution recipe. All you need are 3 simple ingredients! // addapinch.com
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Have you ever started a recipe and realized that you didn’t have enough of a specific ingredient called for in that recipe? It is a frustrating thing when that happens. That’s when simple substitutions come to the rescue, like this simple self-rising flour recipe for a homemade substitution.

What is self-rising flour? 

Self-rising flour is a combination of all-purpose flour (also referred to as plain flour), baking powder, and salt. It’s often used in recipes with no leavening agents (such as baking powder, baking soda, or yeast) and reduces the number of ingredients needed. 

What is the difference between regular all-purpose flour and self-rising flour? 

The difference between the two flours is one already has the leavening agent included If you only have all-purpose flour on hand, you will need to add the leavener to it for it to rise. If you come across a recipe that uses self-rising flour, you can make it yourself quickly and easily using 3 simple ingredients that you most likely already have in your pantry.

What recipes use self-rising flour? 

Self-rising flour is used in so many quick and easy southern recipes. It has become a staple ingredient in my kitchen for the perfect buttermilk biscuit, buttermilk pancakes, cinnamon roll biscuits, waffles, easy peach cobbler, quick breads, and more.

How to Make Homemade Self-Rising Flour Substitute

This homemade self-rising flour works perfectly in recipes that call for self-rising flour. I’ve included the recipe to make one cup of the homemade substitute, but it can easily be scaled up for a big batch of self-rising flour or scaled down based on your specific needs.

It’s really simple to make and only takes seconds.

One Cup Self-Rising Flour Recipe

For each cup of flour, whisk together 1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Make sure to whisk all these ingredients together well so that the baking powder and salt are evenly distributed within the flour.

Small Batch Self-Rising Flour Recipe

1 cup all-purpose flour

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1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

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¼ teaspoon salt

Self-rising flour is a staple ingredient in so many southern recipes! Learn how to make your own self-rising flour with this quick and easy substitution recipe. All you need are 3 simple ingredients! // addapinch.com

Large Batch Self-Rising Flour Recipe (Makes 4 Cups)

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

To make a large batch of self-rising flour, simply add flour, baking powder, and salt in the above amounts to a large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine so that all ingredients are evenly distributed. Use or store in an airtight container in the pantry for up to 6 months.

Large Batch Self-Rising Flour Recipe

4 cups all-purpose flour

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6 teaspoons baking powder

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1 teaspoon salt

Self Rising Flour - Learn how to make self-rising flour with this super easy substitution recipe. All you need are 3 everyday ingredients! // addapinch.com

Here’s the printable recipe card for making my self-rising flour substitute. I hope you find it as helpful as I do!

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How to Make Self-Rising Flour

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Self-rising flour is a staple ingredient in so many southern recipes! Learn how to make your own self-rising flour with this quick and easy substitution recipe. All you need are 3 simple ingredients! // addapinch.com
Prep Time 2 mins
Servings 1 cup
Course how to
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Self-rising flour is a staple ingredient in so many southern recipes! Learn how to make your own self-rising flour with this quick and easy substitution recipe. All you need are 3 simple ingredients!

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions 

  • Measure all ingredients and whisk to combine.

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Notes

Measurements to equal each cup of self-rising flour.

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Originally published April 2012.

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  1. Hi Robyn!
    Do you use kosher salt in all of your recipes? If yes, people using regular table salt could be adding up to twice as much salt/sodium than your recipes call for. I ask because on April 4 2022 you replied to a question & said you use kosher salt in this recipe. Kosher salt is lighter than regular table salt, so for instance 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt is about as “salty” as 1/8 teaspoon regular table salt (varies with kosher brands). So people using regular table salt (your recipe doesn’t specify) will make saltier self-rising flour than you make unless they reduce the salt measurement.
    Would you consider noting the type of salt you mean? it’s part of the same issue as whether “butter” means salted or unsalted, which would also make a difference in any recipe’s salt measurement.
    Thank you!

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