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I like to measure the flour by weight when I am baking, as is so often recommended in Fine Cooking, and all the recipes in FC say that one cup of flour equals 4.5 ounces. However, I noticed that in other various sources it is often mentioned that a cup of flour equals 5 ounces. How is one to know what is the absolute weight of flour?

I have been subscribing to FC for over ten years, and I cannot count how many wonderful dishes I have made from those magazines.

Thank you.

ADodge's picture

(post #67365, reply #1 of 1)

Hi Tlamo..
I LOVE that you weigh your flour!!! As you know, I'm a huge believer as it all but ensures consistent results between batches and between your kitchen and mine as well as FC's.
There is no exact weight for 1 cup flour :(... The weight of anyone's cup o' flour will depend on what method they use to fill the cup along with how heavy a hand they have. The 2 most common methods for hand-measuring are: Dip and Level and the Spoon and Level. The dip and level will equal anywhere from 5 to 5 1/2 ounces (though in my class experiments with students, I've seen it go as high as 6 ounces depending on the strength and stress level of the measurer -- more on this another time!) and the spoon and level will be more consistent yet still hover around 4.5 ounces.
Years ago, I established FC' s (as well as my own) 1 cup flour measure (4.5) based on the spoon and level method. For us, it's the most reliable measure. That said, I always remind readers and students to do as you have so smartly done -- Follow the weights used by the author or publication.
Let me know if you'd like to chat further about this important and curious topic -- It's one of my favorites!