Sunday, July 14, 2013

Throw Out Your Measuring Cups

Ever come across a recipe that called for ingredients by weight rather than by volume?  It's an interesting idea, but one I was very skeptical of, until I tried it for the first time.  It was actually so easy, required less clean up, and yielded a perfect cookie (since precision is so important in baking).  All you need is one mixing bowl and a kitchen scale.  Place your bowl on the scale, hit the tare button and pour in 198 grams of flour, hit tare again and sprinkle in 9.1 grams of baking powder, tare again and add 106 grams of light brown sugar. . . you get the idea. Using this method is easy with flour, but image how it will change your life when used with molasses, peanut butter, or corn syrup.  No more trying to scrape them into and out of a measuring cup.  The recipe for these Better Nutter cookies can be found in the Bouchon Bakery cookbook.  I'm not giving you the recipe here, because while they were good cookies, they aren't nearly good enough to warrant the time and effort required to make them.