- it is heat activated, so it won't start to rise until whatever is being made goes into the oven, allowing for time to prepare without dealing with rising dough;
- it produces a fabulous crispness that isn't really duplicated with another leavener.
This form of powdered ammonia has a very strong smell (don't sniff!) but it cooks off during baking.
Where to Buy
Baker's ammonia isn't always easy to find. Local and online Greek markets usually carry it, German and Scandinavian markets might have it (under the "hartshorn" name), and some pharmacies carry it. Baker's ammonia produced by the Greek company "Krinos" is the easiest Greek product to find outside Greece.