bicarbonate of soda

bicarbonate of soda [bahy-kahr-buh-nit, -neyt uhv soh-duh ] noun

Also baking soda. A chemical leavener which when combined with an acidic ingredient such as buttermilk or natural cocoa produces carbon dioxide gas bubbles. In turn these bubbles are what help breads, cookies and cakes rise and create a light texture.

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