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Temperature conversions for perfect baking

Temperature conversions for perfect baking

With most of the world on the metric system and just a few countries using other measuring units (you know who your are), it may have happened that you stumbled upon a sweet recipe and were then faced with the chore of converting weights, capacity and or temperatures. Were you subsequently wondering what is the difference between heat in gas ovens vs. electric; and why should you even need to quash your inner rebel to the conformist rules? Well, you just have to, or your soufflé won’t rise and your cake will be a sad runny inedible disaster.

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For those of you who want to bake but don’t know the ins and outs of the many facets of metric conversion it can be pretty frustrating and sometimes downright disheartening dealing with foreign temperatures, weights and capacity. Starting out with the best intentions only to eventually find yourself trying to figure how many grams are in a teaspoon or tablespoon; and just what is a pinch, or a dash, or a knifepoint?! What kind of knife are we talking about here? OR what is 375oF on your metric oven; and PLEASE for the love of all that is holy; why must we measure sugar differently from salt or flour?

If these or any other cooking conundrums may have reduced you to a sobbing mess, rocking back and forth in the corner questioning your worth as a cook, well then, you’re among friends. It happens to the best of us.

Ever try to bake a cake from scratch or bread or pizza or anything at all? You enthusiastically search for a recipe, rush out to buy the necessary ingredients, race home to get started. You get your measuring instruments ready to measure your ingredients but the recipe calls for cups? Imperial cups. And you’re all #MetricLife 4 ever. Or vice versa. No matter which side you’re on it’s infuriating.

So with the utmost pleasure, without further adieu we are pleased and somewhat relieved to present you with a clean and simple chart for temperature conversion.

Gas °F °C Fan
1 275 140 120
2 300 150 130
3 325 170 150
4 350 180 160
5 375 190 170
6 400 200 180
7 425 220 200
8 450 230 210
9 475 240 220

With the temperature conversion now in mind; be sure and watch for our next ‘metric’ post where we tackle weight v.s volume!

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