How To Make Self-Rising Flour

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Southern recipes often call for self-rising flour, and vintage recipes might even assume you know that "flour" means "self-rising flour."  Southerners use self-rising flour in their fried chicken breading, in their cornbread and biscuits, and in their cakes, pancakes, and cobblers. Self-rising flour is convenient and saves some time and cleanup. If you don't have self-rising flour, just follow the simple instructions below.

If a recipe calls for self-rising flour and you only have all-purpose flour, here's how you can make your own.

What You Need:

  • all-purpose flour
  • table salt
  • baking powder
  • measuring cup (for dry ingredients)
  • measuring spoons
  • bowl or container

Here's How:

  1. Measure the desired amount of flour into a separate container. Here's how to measure flour.
  2. For each cup of all-purpose flour, add 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
  3. Use a whisk or spoon to blend the mixture thoroughly before you use it in a recipe.


  • You can use self-rising flour in yeast bread or roll recipes, but you'll need to omit any salt called for in the recipe.
  • If you use self-rising flour as a substitute for all-purpose flour in a quick bread or muffins, omit salt and baking powder and add 1 1/2 extra teaspoons of the self-rising flour for each cup of all-purpose flour.
  • Self-rising flour does not contain baking soda, so when substituting for all-purpose flour add baking soda if it is an ingredient in the recipe.


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