How to Make Self-Rising Flour

Updated: Nov. 16, 2023

What is self-rising flour, and how do you make it? Find out here.

Self-rising flour is a staple ingredient in many of our most-loved recipes, including these simple two-ingredient biscuits. But what happens when you’re craving a recipe that calls for self-rising flour, but you don’t have that kind of flour on hand?

Well, you learn how to make self-rising flour yourself—it’s easy!

What Is Self-Rising Flour?

Self-rising flour is a blended mix that combines all-purpose flour, salt and a leavening agent like baking powder. The ingredients are evenly mixed throughout the flour, which results in a consistent product after each use.

Self-rising flour is most commonly used in southern cooking and is a pantry staple among bakers in the South. Thanks to this flour mix, crispy biscuits get their moist, buttery centers while flaky cobbler gets its rich texture.

Editor’s Tip: It’s important to note that self-rising flour is not a substitute for all-purpose flour.

How to Make Self-Rising Flour

When you see a recipe that calls for self-rising flour, know you can make it at home. All you have to do is combine these ingredients together (feel free to double or triple the recipe as needed):

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Be aware that this flour has a shorter shelf life than regular flour, as the baking powder tends to lose potency over time. So make a small batch and save it in an airtight container in a dark, dry place.

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