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ERIC Number: EJ1048753
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1449-6313
Cake Flour Is Not Just Any Old White Powder: A Fun Take-Home Experiment
McMullen, Kevin; Rasmus, C.; Virtue, Melinda; Slik, Kate; Wrigley, Colin
Teaching Science, v60 n1 p43-49 Mar 2014
Baking cakes with different recipes can provide an exercise in the application of the scientific method, illustrating the need to vary only one ingredient at a time for correct derivation of conclusions. This experiment, most likely to be performed at home, compares a cake flour with flours from durum wheat, rice and cornflour (gluten-free starch). It leads into discussions about the chemistry of gas production in baking, about the taxonomy (relatedness) of cereal-grain species and about the nutritional aspects of baked goods, especially for people with wheat (gluten) intolerance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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