Do you need to add baking powder to Spelt flour?

Because there’s no such thing as self-raising spelt flour (as far as I know), you’ll always need to add the raising agent in these recipes. As a rough guide, use one teaspoon of baking powder to each cup (4 oz, 110 grams) of spelt flour. Not all baked products are improved by using spelt.

How do you make spelt flour into self-raising?

To make self-raising spelt flour, just add 2 teaspoons of baking powder to 150g (6 oz or 1 cup) of white spelt flour.

How do you bake with spelt flour?

If you are baking something that requires structure such as bread or cakes, you can use spelt to substitute for up to half of the usual flour. A good way to do this is to use spelt for 25% of the flour in a recipe, see how it comes out, and then try increasing the amount you use from there.

Can you use spelt flour instead of self-raising?

You can substitute spelt equally for self-rising flour but will need to add a leavening agent. Spelt is more water soluble than wheat, so you may want to use slightly less liquid than your original recipe calls for. Like wheat, spelt contains gluten and is unsuitable for those following a gluten-free diet.

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Why does my spelt bread not rise?

It will not rise properly because the water never fully gets into the protein and there is nothing to hold the loaf up. Also, the dense loaf is too tight to allow the yeast gases to expand the loaf.

What can I use if I don’t have spelt flour?

The easiest substitution for spelt flour would be simple whole wheat flour or even a combination of white and whole wheat.

Can you use Spelt flour for baking?

Spelt flour is a versatile baking ingredient that is actually quite light and airy, lending a compelling nutty flavor and light sweetness to baked goods. You can use spelt flour in a variety of food including cakes, breads, muffins, scones, and even chocolate chip cookies and waffles.

Why is self-raising flour bad?

Self-raising flour is flour with leavening agents ([WIKI1]). And leavening agents, such as baking powder, don’t retain potency forever. If your baked goods made with a couple-of-years-old self-raising flour don’t rise as well as they used to, that means it has lost some (or most) of its potency.

How do I convert plain flour to self raising UK?


  1. Add 2 tsp’s of baking powder to each 150g/6oz of plain flour.
  2. Sift the flour and baking powder together before you use it to make sure it’s all evenly distributed.
  3. If you are using cocoa powder, buttermilk or yoghurt you can add ¼tsp of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) as well as the baking powder.