In this week's spotlight: a food science project and family activity that explores the role of baking powder in baking. In this pair of projects, experiment to see the affect of baking powder on corn bread muffins for a clear visual look at what happens when you use more or less in your recipe. Does a light and airy muffin indicate one with or without baking powder? How does the density or weight of a muffin change in relation to the amount of baking powder used? What happens if you use too much? Or not enough?
- "Chemistry of Baking Ingredients 1: How Much Baking Powder Do Quick Breads Need?" (full Science Buddies Project Idea)
- "Scrumptious Science: How Does Baking Powder Make Cornbread Fluffy?" (science activity at Scientific American)