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A question about a recipe: Nigella Lawson's Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake

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I have a question about the recipe "Nigella Lawson's Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake" from Genius Recipes. when you guys tested this recipe, did you measure flour with the dip-and-sweep method, or did you fluff the flour and spoon it in to the measuring cup and then level it? I've made this cake twice using the fluff – and – level method, and it seems to take fully 15 minutes longer than the stated time in a fully-preheated oven. appreciate your help with this!

asked by Beth100 3 months ago
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Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Creative Director of Food52

added 3 months ago

Unless told otherwise, I always stir briefly, spoon, and sweep. (Who knows, it could be a difference in our ovens or pans or flours...) If it helps, the weight we included in the Genius Recipes book was 200 grams.

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added 3 months ago

I have your excellent cookbook and didn't even realize this recipe was in it! I will weigh the flour next time and see if it makes a difference.

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Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Creative Director of Food52

added 3 months ago

:) Hope you like it, either way!

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PieceOfLayerCake

PieceofLayerCake is a trusted source on baking.

added 3 months ago

The difference between her oven and yours could explain the variation in times, which is why I always teach people new to baking (not implying that you are) that they primarily need to learn what to look for when baked goods are done vs. relying on times. A timer should be just a reminder.

The suggestion for weight measuring also negates the need for the disparity in volumetric measuring methods.

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