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What Is a Stick of Butter

Asked by sylvia1. Answered on 6th July 2012

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I would like to know what 1 1/4 sticks of butter is in grammes? I would love to make Nigella's Chocolate Pear Pudding and this is listed in the ingredients. Thanks Sylvia

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Nigella's books are converted for the US and quite often the US edition is sold in other countries, such as Australia. Hence butter will appear in tablespoons and sticks, rather than as a given weight.

US butter is sold in 1/2 or 1 pound packages and divided into "sticks". Each stick weighs 1/4 pound/4 ounces/110g. One stick also contains 8 tablespoons and for convenience the packaging is marked with the tablespoon measures. Each tablespoon weighs 1/2 ounce which we usually equate to a metric weight of 15g.

So 1 1/4 sticks is 10 tablespoons which is 150g.

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