Are you sure that it has baking soda in your grandmother's recipe? All the recipes I found on the internet DID NOT call for any baking soda. They called for baking powder. And 4 tsps seems like a lot of baking soda to me. Could it be 1/4 teaspoon?
Not knowing what other ingredients are in the recipe the above is my thoughts,
When the tides of life are against you
And the current upsets your boat
Don't think of things that might have been
Just lay on your back and float
Ed Norton 1954
Another thought - does this recipe use sour milk/cream or yogurt? Then you would use baking soda BUT 4 teaspoons still seems like a lot of baking soda.
First of all, thanks for responding! Secondly, I am an idiot! I looked at the recipe again today and it says "baking powder". Jeepers! (I am so used to using baking soda that I just didn't pay attention.) I wrote the recipe down when I was alot younger so it may be 1/4 tsp. but....I am sending you the recipe to see what you think.
Grandmother Trail's Blackberry Roll
2 cups flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, 4 tsp. baking powder, 1 tbs. sugar, 1/3 cup shortening (butter or vegetable shortening), 1 well-beaten egg, 1/2 cup milk
Filling: 3 cups uncooked blackberries, 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tbs. butter
Sift dry ingredients, cut in shortening until mixture is like couarse crumbs. Add combined egg and milk. Stir only until barely moistened, turn out on floured surface. Roll 1/4 inch thick, brush with some melted butter. Spread dough with berries, sprinkle with sugar and dot with butter. Roll up as for jelly roll and seal edges with milk. (I have never been able to "roll" it up. It ends up looking like a meatloaf/cobbler? But tastes good!) Bake in shallow greased pan for 25 min. at 375. Serve warm with cream or vanilla ice cream.
Yes I think baking soda really does make a recipe tastes salty. When I try different recipes online which require baking soda,I only add about a half of what is required and they all taste good.
Baking soda is actually sodium bicarbonate so, yes, it can make things taste salty.
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