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Baking Soda Turns Batter Brown?

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Baking Soda Turns Batter Brown?

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icecone | | May 26, 2010 12:23 PM

This has happened to me a couple of times when baking light-colored cakes and bread - although I couldn't definitively attribute the coloring to baking soda. However, I just read an article about making pretzels in the New York Times, and the dark brown coloring on the outside of pretzels can be created by dipping the pretzel in a alkaline solution (lye) before baking.

Can baking soda darken doughs and batters?

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