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Mar 31, 2009 03:41 AM

baking powder or cream of tartar in Italy?

where can i find these? found baking soda the other day but not baking powder, and don't know how to look for cream of tartar. substitute suggestions welcome too. thanks!!

oh, and we are in pescara/chieti area.

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  1. I'm not much of a baker, but for sweets there is something called "lievito per dolci" which supposedly works like baking powder. You occasionally see the real thing in shops that stock imported packaged food, even oriental. I absolutely don't know about cream of tartar, but it's called cremore di tartaro or cremortartaro.

    1. In theory both are available. Baking powder is the easier one. Look for 'lievito in polvere' or 'lievito per dolci' A friend swears she has seen "cremor tartaro" at an esselunga but I never have.

      1. I seem to remeber from another forum that you need to get cream of tartar at the farmacia.

        1. lievito in polvere is what you are looking for - Ive seen the italian product in italian stores here in NY.

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          1. re: jen kalb

            Thank you for all the replies! I remember seeing this in the supermarket but didn't know that was what I was looking for. Thanks again!

          2. What you'll find labelled lievito in polvere will be single-acting powder, just as a word of warning. If you need double-acting powder, you'll need to search for imported products. I've seen it at Penny Market in Germany before, and the Pennys in N Italy tend to have an interesting selection of German products, so it might be worth looking there, if they exist that far south.