Self-Rising Flour


Make your own self-rising flour when you run out of store-bought. Perfect for scones and biscuits, this simple blend of all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
1 cup

Looking for a homemade substitute for store-bought self-rising flour? Your search ends here! This self-rising flour recipe is easy to make with just a few ingredients, so you don't have to worry about any last-minute grocery runs.

Self-Rising Flour
Self-Rising Flour | Photo by Meredith.

What Is Self-Rising Flour?

Self-rising flour is a type of flour that includes leavening agents, which ensures perfectly risen baked goods. You don't need to use additional leavening agents (such as baking powder or baking soda) when you use self-rising flour.

The ingredient was invented by an English baker named Henry Jones in the mid-1800s. Self-rising flour was originally used by British sailors who wanted to make better baked goods while at sea.

top-down view of sifted flour in a green bowl in a
"Used this in 'Cranapana Bread' from AR.". Molly

What's In Self-Rising Flour?

You can make self-rising flour at home with just three simple ingredients you likely already have on hand. Here's what you'll need:

· Flour: This homemade self-rising flour substitute starts with regular ol' all-purpose flour.
· Baking powder: Add 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder for its leavening effect. This will take your flour from "all-purpose" to "self-rising."
· Salt: Finish off this self-rising flour recipe with ½ teaspoon salt.

How to Make Self-Rising Flour

It couldn't be easier to make this homemade self-rising flour substitute: Simply sift the ingredients together. Find the full, step-by-step recipe below.

close up view of self-rising flour in a glass bowl

How to Use Self-Rising Flour

Have more self-rising flour than your recipe calls for? We've got you covered! Use the homemade ingredient to make simple, fluffy baked goods like these:

· Quick and Easy Peach Cobbler
· Grandma's Moist Cake
· Cathead Biscuits
· Two-Ingredient Pizza Dough
· Easy Beer Batter

high view of peach cobbler, topped with melty vanilla ice cream and a cup of coffee in the background
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How to Store Self-Rising Flour

Store your homemade self-rising flour in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. It should last for about one year.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"It's good to know that you can convert regular flour into self-rising using this easy recipe," says Ms Jean. "I needed some for the French Veggie Loaf from this site, and it worked great. Thanks for the easy, in-a-pinch recipe!"

"Worked perfectly in Judy's Pumpkin Muffin recipe," according to SSwisher. "I will never buy self rising flour again because I rarely use it and always have regular (or bread) flour on hand. For people who don't bake a lot, this is a real money saver!"

"I always use this recipe for any self-rising flour recipes — this is the same one that Grandma taught me to use when I was just beginning to cook," says Sarah Jo. "Why spend almost three bucks for a package when you already have the ingredients on hand?"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Stir or sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.

    close up view of self-rising flour in a glass bowl

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

459 Calories
1g Fat
97g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 459
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 1897mg 82%
Total Carbohydrate 97g 35%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 13g
Calcium 425mg 33%
Iron 7mg 37%
Potassium 135mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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