leavening agent

leavening agent
Any organism or substance used to make baked goods rise.

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  • Leavening agent — A leavening agent (sometimes called just leavening or leaven) is a substance used in doughs and batters that causes a foaming action intended to lighten and soften the finished product. The leavening agent reacts with moisture, heat, acidity, or… …   Wikipedia

  • leavening agent — ▪ baking       substance causing expansion of doughs and batters by the release of gases within such mixtures, producing baked products with porous structure. Such agents include air, steam, yeast, baking powder, and baking soda.       Leavening… …   Universalium

  • leavening — [lev′ niŋ] n. 1. a substance used to make baked goods rise by the formation of gas, esp. carbon dioxide, in the batter or dough, as baking powder, yeast, etc.: also leavening agent 2. any influence spreading through something and working on it to …   English World dictionary

  • leavening — noun 1. an influence that works subtly to lighten or modify something (Freq. 1) his sermons benefited from a leavening of humor • Syn: ↑leaven • Hypernyms: ↑imponderable 2. a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid …   Useful english dictionary

  • leavening — noun Date: circa 1626 a leavening agent ; leaven …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • leavening — /lev euh ning/, n. 1. Also called leavening agent. a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or batter; leaven. 2. the act or process of causing to ferment by leaven. 3. leaven (def. 3). [1600 10; LEAVEN + ING1] * * * …   Universalium

  • leavening — 1. adjective made light by aeration 2. noun a leavening agent See Also: leaven, unleavened …   Wiktionary

  • leavening — leav·en·ing || levnɪŋ n. substance (such as yeast) which causes a batter or dough to ferment and rise, leaven; something that causes gradual change, something which alters or transforms leav·en || levn n. substance (such as yeast) which… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • leavening — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun An agent that stimulates or precipitates a reaction, development, or change: catalyst, ferment, leaven, yeast. See CHANGE …   English dictionary for students

  • raising agent — noun any substance added to a food product (such as dough or batter) that makes them rise when cooked; a leavening …   Wiktionary

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