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  • Measuring Flour

    I have recently purchased the US edition of Nigellissima. While the recipes look great and I am looking forward to trying them, no weight measurements are given. I live in Canada and have access to standard measuring cups, however, I prefer to weigh my ingredients, especially flour. In order to insure success can you please let me know if Nigella uses the "spoon and sweep" method or the "scoop and sweep" method when measuring. Thanks!!! Much appreciated.

    From the nigella team:

    We do understand that Canada uses a combination of cup measures and weights and the approach can vary according to where you live. Unfortunately recipe books do not have the space to include absolutely every form of measurement in the ingredients lists and the Canadian distributors tend to err on the side of using the US variation of Nigella's books. If you prefer to use metric weights then do look out for the UK versions of Nigella's books (published by Chatto & Windus).

    For the best accuracy we suggest converting the recipes using a measurement of 1 cup flour = 150g and to weigh the flour instead. This tends to err towards the "scoop and sweep" method for flour cup measures and the cup measurements are taken before any sifting (unless otherwise stated). Unfortunately there is always a slight variation in the cup measures for flour, regardless of the method used, and we always re-test Nigella's recipes using US cup measures and US flour to make sure that the recipes will work in both forms.

    We are also currently updating the recipes on Nigella's website so that the ingredients for Nigella's own recipes are listed in both metric weights and US cup measures.

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