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Raw Weight v.s. Baked Weight

Does anyone know if raw weight of cookies, breads, cakes- is the same after those items have been baked?

asked by LE BEC FIN over 2 years ago

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Susan W
Susan W

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added over 2 years ago

Okay, this is funny. I made my version of Kenji's chocolate cookies today. The dough is in balls having its 24 hour rest. I've been arguing with myself about having one right now. I'll take one for the team and weigh it raw and again in 13 minutes after baking it. My guess is that the weight won't change.

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Susan W
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added over 2 years ago

One raw cookie = 42 grams.

Susan W
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added over 2 years ago

Cookie baked = 40 grams.

laura
added about 2 months ago

That makes sense because the moisture bakes off. Thanks for your post.

Windischgirl
added over 2 years ago

At least for breads, the baked weight is slightly less, as the water in the dough turns to steam and then dissipates. Imagine it would be the same for all baked goods. Somewhere I've seen the ratios but it's not coming to mind at the moment...

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JuJu
added 10 days ago

Can definitely see cookie weight after baking to be ~2% difference. Best method for testing is, indeed, an accurate food scale.

Breads are around 10%.

Should anyone else stumble across this older thread, the International School of Cooking has an excellent article on baking weights for various breads and pastries.

Just enter search phrase, "dough tips International School of Baking" in browser app.

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JuJu
added 10 days ago

International School of Baking is correct entry -- Cooking is a typo.

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