Measurements for Baking and Cooking in Spanish
Determined to crack open your Spanish-language recipe book only to find instructions that look like this?
Don't panic. While this is a typical instruction you'd find in any libro de recetas, or recipe book, what makes cooking and baking instructions like this one so tricky is that some measurements of weight and volume are calculated differently in Spanish-language recipes while others are the same measurements used in English-language ones. In this article, we'll break down all of the measurements you'll need to know in order to turn your pastel de tres leches (tres leches cake) into a scrumptious success.
Working with Liters and Cups
If you're a baker, you know that the slightest miscalculation can ruin your culinary masterpieces. That's why understanding exactly how much a mililitro, or milliliter, is is fundamental to being able to follow a recipe in Spanish. Luckily, as with English, Spanish recipes also use teaspoons, tablespoons, and cups. Let's take a look at the translations for these measurements as well as some useful conversions.
|cup||8 fluid ounces or .24 liters|
|milliliter||1/1,000th of a liter or .03 fluid ounces|
|liter||33.8 fluid ounces|
Now that we have our cheat sheet at the ready, let's take a look at some examples of recipe instructions that use these measurements in context.