This baking tip may seem like a no-brainer to some , but it was such an eye-opener when I first learned it, and it’s something I’ve just got to pass on. So what is the proper way to measure flour? If you’re just dipping your measuring cup into the flour and scooping it out, you’re doing it wrong.
Baking is a science, as we are all aware. If you change the proportions of ingredients, sometimes even just a little, things don’t turn out as well. And probably one of the easiest ingredients to flub up on is flour and it all comes down to how you measure it. Flour settles and compacts while it sits, so when you dip your measuring cup in and scoop it straight from the container you’re actually adding anywhere from 10 to 25 percent more flour than you intended. Too much flour and the end product will come out tough and dry.
So here’s what I do: First I like to take a spoon and fluff up the flour just a little. Then I use the spoon to scoop up the flour and dump it into my measuring cup.
Keep spooning in the flour until you’ve filled the entire measuring cup and it’s overflowing.
Then take your finger and drag it across the top of the measuring cup. You can use a knife if you want, but come on, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.
And there you have it, a nearly perfect cup of measured flour, ready to be turned into something delicious.
In the photos below you can see the difference between measuring the flour the correct way (on the left) and just scooping and dumping (on the right). A cup of all-purpose flour should weigh 120 grams. As you can see, this method of measuring gets you much closer to accuracy.
Want to hit 120 grams on the dot every time you measure flour? Invest in a scale. I love my OXO brand kitchen scale!