After consultation with NJ, she's pretty sure something is amiss with the baking powder. You mention it is fresh, but have you "tested it? If not, try this:
To test baking powder: Put a few tablespoons of warm water (warm tap water is fine, but cold water is not) into a small bowl and add a teaspoon of baking powder. The mixture should make a fizzing noise and, after a moment, the baking powder will begin to fizz and the water will become very cloudy with tiny bubbles. The more bubbles, the fresher the baking powder. Baking powder reacts with liquids and heat, but does not react as well with cold water (even fresh powder won’t fizz much in ice water), so do not use it for this test.
You may already do this, but she also suggests that you get the batter into the oven as soon as possible after blending/mixing. baking powder doesn't like to sit around...I guess it loses its potency pretty quickly.
Other than that, it is weird that a tried and true recipe has suddenly gone wonker.
Last edited by Redwinger
on Mon Dec 02, 2013 1:01 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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