3 Ingredient Self Rising Flour Recipe

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If you’re making a recipe that calls for self-rising flour, don’t panic! Here is everything you need to know about how to make an easy self-rising flour!

Also, see our guide for measuring flour.

self-rising flour in mixing bowl

Nothing is worse than preparing a recipe and relaxing it calls for an ingredient you don’t have. This happens to me often with buttermilk, too! Luckily you can make your buttermilk, and you can make your self-rising flour, too.

What is self-rising flour?

A mixture of all-purpose flour, salt, and baking powder. It’s typically made using lower protein flour, creating very tender baked goods.

It’s a common ingredient in some recipes, especially older recipes. Some everyday recipes that use it include flaky biscuits and pancakes or our Blackberry Cobbler Recipe.

how to make self-rising flour

How to Make Self-Rising Flour

You’ll need only three simple ingredients to make this:

adding baking powder to all-purpose flour


In a mixing bowl, add baking soda, salt, and all-purpose flour.

Give it a whisk and use it immediately or store it in an airtight container.

whisking self-rising flour

How to Store

If you want to make a large batch to keep on hand, store it in an airtight container. It can be stored in a pantry with other baking items. Make sure to add a label with the date the flour was made.

Expert Tips for Recipe Success

  • Keep this recipe in an airtight container for 1 year.
  • For tender desserts, sift the flour before using it.
  • Always use good quality ingredients when baking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a difference between self-rising flour and all-purpose flour?

Self-rising flour contains additional ingredients not found in all-purpose flour. These ingredients are salt and a concentrated form of baking powder. All-purpose flour can be used in most flour-containing recipes while self-rising cannot.

How can I substitute self-rising flour?

You can make your own substitute by measuring 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, gently whisk the ingredients in a mixing bowl and use as 1 cup self-rising flour.

Is self-rising flour all-purpose flour?

If you’re missing all-purpose flour from your list of baking ingredients, it’s important to understand that self-rising flour is not the same thing. However, you can still use it as a substitute in certain recipes.

What are the ingredients in self-rising flour?

The three main ingredients in self-rising flour are all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. These ingredients create a light and airy texture in baked goods.
All-purpose flour is the base, providing structure and stability to the final product.
Baking powder is a leavening agent commonly used in self-rising flour. It comprises a combination of baking soda, cream of tartar, and a starch-like cornstarch. When combined with moisture and heat during baking, it releases carbon dioxide gas, which causes the batter or dough to rise.
Salt is often added in small amounts to self-rising flour for flavor and to help balance out the sweetness of baked goods.

Also, check out our kitchen conversion chart! This is helpful when baking at home.

Two Recipes That Use Self-Rising Flour

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whisking self-rising flour

Self-Rising Flour

An easy recipe to make self-rising flour using only 3 ingredients.
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Course: Baking
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 461kcal
Author: Eden


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • In a mixing bowl add in 1 cup flour.
    how to make self-rising flour
  • Add the baking powder.
    adding baking powder to all-purpose flour
  • Next, add the salt.
    adding salt to flour
  • Gently whisk the ingredients.
    whisking self-rising flour
  • Use or store in an airtight container.


Calories: 461kcal | Carbohydrates: 98g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1171mg | Potassium: 740mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 279mg | Iron: 6mg
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