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Old 06-18-2013, 01:38 PM   #1
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What does seltzer water do to a recipe?

sorry if this is off topic, I had no other idea where to place it.

If I use Seltzer water (carbonated) in place of water, does it make a difference, like in pancakes or cakes, or cookies? Or even pasta cooking?


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Old 06-18-2013, 02:19 PM   #2
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:42 PM   #3
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Sure does. Use it for a sub for beer batter and such, or ginger ale.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:32 AM   #4
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what is the science behind it, or HOW does it make a difference, or what differences does it make? For example if I use it in pancake mix what will be the difference between regular water and seltzer water?
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:46 PM   #5
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It evidently makes the batter lighter and fluffier. Recipes for tempura usually specify aerated water.

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Old 06-20-2013, 10:02 AM   #6
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Now part 2:

How do i avoid over mixing that would flatten the seltzer water? I've done mixed sprite in with pancake mix, and noticed a small difference, plus it gave it a sweeter flavor
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:55 AM   #7
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I have made cupcakes with coca cola... they seem to be lighter yet dense at the same time! The sugar and fizz react with the baking powders to give a more instant rise.

Never tired fizzy drink/water in anything else... but I know you can make batter with soda water and the result is a very light crisp coating.

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Old 07-01-2013, 09:19 PM   #8
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I have made waffles with soda water and tempura batter. I drink gallons of seltzer (so much so that I finally broke down and bought a Sodastream, not so I could make soda drinks but so I could make seltzer). So far, I love the Sodastream.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:23 AM   #9
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When our kids (now 32) were in kindergarten our son's class did a Wonderful Waffle day, using club soda in the recipe as the liquid. They WERE wonderful, much lighter than waffles made with milk or a clear liquid. Now I'll have to hunt that recipe down so I can make it and share it.

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