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Jul 13, 2006 08:16 PM

What to do with Self-rising flour?

I accidentally bought self-rising flour instead of all-purpose... what can I use it for? I googled a bit, and it doesn't seem like much! Does anyone have any fabulous recipes that I have to make that call for it? (At least it's cheap if no one does!)

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  1. Many southern cooks would use nothing else for biscuits or shortcakes.

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    1. re: rtmonty

      Self-rising flour in addition to baking powder?

      1. re: Katie Nell

        Not in addition to baking powder, but instead of it. It does tend to make the results a bit more salty than you might otherwise want, though.

        Sarah C

      2. re: rtmonty

        I came back from England with a great recipe using Self Rising Flour (appears its common over there). Took me a while to find it here in Toronto.

        Aunt Elsies Ginger Bread Recipe. They tell me that no one has been able to make it so that it turns out like hers so I'm going to give it a go. If it doesn't work, she's holding back on me. :)

        1. re: NancyL

          Will you share this recipe? thanks

          1. re: NancyL

            +1 for hoping you'll share this recipe!

            1. re: NancyL

              You don't need to buy "self rising flour" Google recipes for "make self rising flour" and you'll find plenty of them. For example:


              Its basically just flour, baking powder and salt. Nothing mysterious.

              1. re: ePressureCooker

                Right but she HAS it, accidentally, and is just wondering what to do with it. FYI : )

                1. re: happybaker

                  Katie has the self rising flour she bought accidentally. I was responding to Nancy, who had a hard time locating it in Toronto.

                  (Also, knowing what's in self rising flour might also help Katie figure out what to do with it.)

                  1. re: ePressureCooker

                    4 years later "nancy" probably found her flour.....

                    1. re: Ttrockwood

                      Probably. I confess I didn't even look at the date. But given that this thread seems to have resurrected itself after years, there's obviously still some interest in the topic, and it may be useful for others to know.

            2. It makes great pancakes. Just omit the baking powder if the recipe calls for it.

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              1. re: Zengarden

                also don't forget to omit the salt in the recipe aswell if subbing for AP flour.

              2. I put some into crab cakes...makes them puff up a bit...very nice!

                1. I keep it on hand strictly for biscuits.

                  1. Here's a bread recipe I make often with self rising flour - and there isn't much to it!!!
                    3 cups self rising flour
                    1/2 cup sugar
                    1 12 oz bottle of beer
                    Stir these ingredients can also add some shredded sharp cheese and herbs, such as chopped chives to this. Dump into a lightly greased loaf pan - larger size. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Pour melted butter over top and bake for 10 more minutes. remove from pan....can be served somewhat warm.

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                    1. re: LoN

                      I've got this recipe in the oven baking now. i had to use Splenda instead of sugar (12 packets) because I ran out of sugar last night when the hubby used it all for sweet tea. :) I sprinkled my pan with garlic salt after I greased it and also sprinkled a bit on top. It sure is smelling wonderful in here. :) Thanks for the recipe.

                      1. re: preshuspryze

                        OK, we are eating it now & wow. It's really good... I love the taste, just plain, no butter. My hubby said he really likes it too. Wants me to make it next time with spaghetti. :)