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A question about a recipe: Sour Cream Dinner Rolls


I have a question about the recipe "Sour Cream Dinner Rolls" from AntoniaJames. I was wondering what the purpose of the baking soda is in these rolls. I've never added soda to a yeast bread recipe.

asked by pamelalee almost 3 years ago
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added almost 3 years ago

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate or bicarbonate of soda) is a leavenor. It helps your biscuits rise higher and be lighter by releasing carbon dioxide gas once moistened in a batter. It is used in recipes that contain acidic ingredients to reduce the acidity while maintaining the flavor. Too much baking soda will, however, give your baked goods a somewhat soapy flavor and a course, open crumb.


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added almost 3 years ago

Thanks, boulangere! I add baking soda to bread dough made with buttermilk for the same reason. ;o)