Today I learned the truth about Baker’s Ammonia/Hartshorn. It’s no longer made with dried up antlers or sheep urine, but rather made in a lab. Bummer.
But hey, it’s still an interesting leavening. The ammonia burns off and you get extra crisp cookies with no baking powder/baking soda aftertaste – something that really annoys a few readers who have emailed in their thoughts on leaveners. Some people can really taste baking soda. I only taste it when I use too much. As for baking powder, that I can taste and I try to stick with recipes that use less than a teaspoon.
But baker’s ammonia, despite the ammonia smell it gives off under heat, has a cleaner flavor. You can order it from a few sources on-line including King Arthur. King Arthur also has some recipes, but you can also find them through Google. Look for a recipe called “Swedish Dream Cookies”. Those are my favorite cookies to make with antlers….I mean baker’s ammonia .
It was more fun when I thought it was actual antlers.