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## Weights and measures - STEM

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Weights and measures
Weights and measures
Discuss where we might use different weights and measures in a kitchen?
Recipe ingredients!!
Types
May be in mass, volume or by count.Dry ingredients usually measured by mass, e.g. 125g flourLiquid ingredients usually measure by volume, e.g. 125ml milkFoods such as meats or eggs are usually measured by count, e.g. 2 eggs.
Importance of following a recipe
What might happen if you don’t follow the recipe weights and measurements correctly??
Discuss
It can have an affect on flavour.It can affect taste.It may affect aroma.The dish may not be a success.It could change cooking time required.It could change the cooking method best suitable.Any more ideas?
Weight conversion
Spoons
Experiment
One half of the class is going to make some basic fairy cakes using a recipe with ingredient weights. They will follow this recipe using a weighing scale to measure out ingredients accurately.The other half will be given the same recipe but will not be given any weighing scales. They will have to guess the quantities of ingredients needed to make the fairy cakes.We will compare the results at the end.
Fairy cakes
Ingredients100g SR Flour100g sugar100g margarine2 eggs.
Method:Weigh out the ingredients correctly.Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.Add the eggs and beat well. Add a small amount of flour if mixture curdles.Fold in the flour.Distribute into bun cakes and bake at 180C for 20 minutes.
Fairy cakes
IngredientsSR Floursugarmargarineeggs.
Method:Weigh out the ingredients correctly.Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.Add the eggs and beat well. Add a small amount of flour if mixture curdles.Fold in the flour.Distribute into bun cakes and bake at 180C for 20 minutes.
Results
Compare the different appearances of the two different types of fairy cakes.Complete a sensory analysis of the fairy cakes in your books.Write a sentence explaining the importance of following a recipes weights and measurements accurately.

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