How to Measure a Scant Cup of Flour

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How to Measure a Scant Cup of Flour
Flour is an essential ingredient in baking. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

When it comes to accessories or lingerie, less is often more. That principle applies to food as well, like when your recipe calls for a "scant" measurement -- one that is not quite up to the full amount. Properly measuring a scant cup of flour will ensure that your recipe comes out just as you had intended.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Flour
  • Scoop
  • Measuring cup

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  1. 1

    Scoop the flour into a measuring cup.

  2. 2

    Tap the cup gently against the counter to tamp down the flour, eyeing the level to see how much flour you've added.

  3. 3

    Add more flour to fill the cup about 7/8 full, or to just below the full-cup indicator, if necessary.

  4. 4

    Remove any excess flour with the scoop to ensure you do not have a full cup.

Tips and warnings

  • If your recipe calls for sifted flour, measure the scant cup first and then sift it.
  • You don't need to level the flour as you would with a full cup.

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