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Measuring flour, baking powder and baking soda

 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 8:00 pm    Post subject: Measuring flour, baking powder and baking soda Reply with quote

When a recipe calls for flour, if a method is not specified must one assume to dip the measuring cup into the flour and level it off or to spoon the flour into the measuring cup and level it off.

Also, with baking powder and baking soda should you press it into the measuring spoon before leveling it off.
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katja



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer to scoop until full, medium tap 2x on hard surface and check fill line. If over -> scoop off excess, under -> toss in a little more.

This is why european cookbooks are very handy as they give the dry weights and liquid measures of ingredients thus eliminating the differentials from density/powder grades etc.
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GaryProtein



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In American cookbooks, a cup of flour means a cup of sifted flour, not a cup of packed flour as it comes out of the bag. Even "pre-sifted" flour should be sifted before volumetric measuring.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GaryProtein wrote:
In American cookbooks, a cup of flour means a cup of sifted flour, not a cup of packed flour as it comes out of the bag. Even "pre-sifted" flour should be sifted before volumetric measuring.


When I took Shuna's baking class, she had a large ass jar (with a large screw lid) for the flour. It was turned a few times to loosen it up and then you scoop and level. All leavening agents must be sifted. They clump and won't unclump during the mixing and baking. The AP flour was not sifted before or after measuring. Clearly there are a handful of ways to make it go right. As with anything, you've got to try out a procedure a few times and see what works for you.

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