How to Make Self Rising Flour Substitute

Disclosure AffiliateHow to Make Self Rising Flour Substitute - This easy recipe for homemade self raising flour is perfect for quick breads, biscuits or other recipes that call for self rising flour.

Sound familiar? You’re in the kitchen and ready to bake that super delicious-looking but easy-to-make recipe you found on Pinterest or in your Mom’s old cookbook. When you originally glanced over the list of ingredients you were excited to see it was all things you already had in your kitchen – eggs, butter, flour, sugar, etc. But, as you start your baking you realize the ingredient list says SELF RISING FLOUR! What IS self-rising flour anyway? Can I just use regular flour? Why isn’t this recipe as easy as I thought it would be?!?!

Close up of egg and flour

As you’re looking for recipes online or in cookbooks, you may sometimes come across recipes that call for self rising flour, which is also called self raising flour – particularly in the UK. Self rising flour is commonly used in recipes for quick breads, biscuits, and other baked goods. You can of course buy packages of self rising flour at the supermarket, but, especially if it’s something you don’t use often, it’s much easier and more cost effective to just make up your own when you need it. With these simple instructions for how to make self rising flour substitute, you can have it put together in under a minute.

I only recommend using self rising flour in recipes that actually call for it. If you decide to use it in another recipe, you will want to eliminate the baking powder or baking soda in the recipe. But seriously, just don’t do it! Baking is the one type of cooking where precision can make the difference between a wonderful treat and a failed result.

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Whenever I’m blending together dry ingredients, whether for this self raising flour substitute or for ANY recipe, I find the easiest thing to use is a silicone whisk, where the blade parts are covered in silicone. They seem to blend things really well and the nonstick surface is super easy to clean. Plus you can just toss them in the dishwasher. I like this silicone whisk set because it has 3 different sizes for all different types of cooking.


Self Rising Flour Substitute Recipe


1 c Flour
1 tsp Salt
1 ½ tsp Baking Powder


Mix all ingredients together and you have Self Rising Flour. You can use this mixture in place of any recipe that needs leveling agents, just remember to omit the baking powder and salt called for in the recipe.

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  1. this is a cool idea, as I typically skip over recipes for self rising flour. I assume the 1 1/2 of the baking powder is teaspoon?

  2.' Jerry Marquardt says:

    I really didn’t know it was this easy to make self-rising Flour substitute. I appreciate that you shared this, as I will be trying this tomorrow.

  3. I didn’t even know this was possible! What a great tip – thanks for sharing!

  4. This is awesome… Sometimes I come across the recipe that asks for self rising flour.. I always wonder what it is and could not find it in stores. I rather make my own next time if i need it… Looks easy… Thanks for sharing

  5. I am totally going to do this! I always have recipes that as for it and I never have it on hand! I will be pinning this one!

  6. I didn’t know you could do this yourself so easily! Will certainly use this tip in my pizza dough recipe!

  7. My daughter will be all over this! She is my baker, the teenager will bake up nearly anything and I love the idea of tryign to use this for a pizza dough recipe like Scott said above me!

  8. I didn’t know that it’s possible to make self rising flour!! Thank for the tip!!

  9.' Deanna Adkins says:

    Thanks for letting me know this!

  10.' April Gupton says:

    What a great tip! Thank you!!!

  11.' shelly peterson says:

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing this!

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