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How do air and steam leaven baked goods?

When heat builds up the pressure of the air trapped within the tiny air pockets in the dough or batter, the pockets expand and therefore so do the baked goods. Dough or batter inflating pressure is also generated when heat converts some of the food's water content into steam. Popovers and cream puffs are prime illustrations of this process.

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