Is there a difference between 1 cup flour, sifted and 1 cup sifted flour?

 

There sure is! You will end up with a different amount of flour: when the recipe calls for "1 cup flour, sifted" measure the flour first and then sift. When your recipe calls for 1 cup sifted flour, it means you measure the sifted flour to 1 cup. Think of it this way: the comma divides two instructions (sifting and measuring). With no comma, you only have one instruction to follow: measuring. (You are measuring an ingredient called "sifted flour").

For examples of recipes calling for flour in different ways, see our collection of Baking Recipes and our collection of Bread Recipes.

Marge Perry

February 2012