Saturday, September 17, 2011

Baking Basics: HowTo Measure Flour Accurately

When it comes to cooking I'll be the first to admit I "free hand" my spices and "eyeball it" but when it comes to baking I am a stickler for accuracy in measuring.  When baking just a pinch off of an ingredient can throw your whole confection in a direction you probably don't want it to go.

Your first step to measuring is making sure you have the proper kitchen utensils making sure you use dry measuring cups for dry ingredients such as flour and liquid measuring cups for liquids.

It's especially important to remember when measuring flour to fluff it a little by gently stirring it with a spoon before spooning it into the measuring cup.  (See below)

If you don't then too much flour can get packed into the measuring cup setting your baked goods up for being too dry and heavy.  You want to remember not to measure over the bowl you are mixing so as not to get any extra falling flour into your ingredients.  Level off flour lightly with knife (See photo up top)

So let's review:
  1. Use dry measuring cups when measuring dry ingredients
  2. Gently loosen up dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda etc.) by stirring with a spoon
  3. Loosely spoon flour into measuring cup or spoon
  4.  Level off flour with a knife (if you skip this step or shake measuring cup rather than using a knife you may end up with too much flour.
Until next time, see you 'round the table,

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