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flour questions??

kseiverd | Dec 7, 201311:08 AM

So planning for upcoming holiday gifts cookies & other goodies.. Planning on chocolate chips, peanut butter (squished with fork), oatmeal, and pizzelles. Also planning on mini-loaves of pound cake (I like Paula D's recipe that starts in cold oven) and some kinda "breads" (banana-nut maybe).

Got a bit OCD and figured out what I'd need for one batch of each... flour, sugar, butter, eggs. Kitchen (me & possibly June , the cat) will most likely be liberally DUSTED with flour by the time it's all over. Just don't wanna come up short on basic ingredients.

Will be starting process next Saturday... have a PRE-Christmas at brother's house next Sunday... his Festivus. Will be making ALL the doughs that day and probably stash logs of CCC/PB/OM in freezer till around 21st or so. The pizzelle recipe I have makes a LOT, so will probably do ALL of them next weekend and stash in air-tight containers.

NOT clueless about baking but usually stick to cookies or bar cookies and avoind cakes... except for that pound cake recipe.

QUESTIONS???

Approximately how many cups of flour in average 5 lb bag?? Sift and then measure or measure and then sift?

About how many cups in standard bag of sugar... have noticed most store-brands are no longer FIVE lb but 4 instead?

How about brown sugar... 1 lb bag is about ?? cups?

Cake flour? Can only recall ever buying it 1-2 times in my LIFE. One of the cookies calls for cake flour. I KNOW I've SUCCESSFULLY made these cookies and don't really plan to buy "special" flour for them. Isn't there some way to make "home-made" cake flour... seem to recall maybe a mix of AP and corn starch??

My Good Will find, KA crank-up, stand mixer will get a good work out. And that SPARE bowl I found (again at GW) will come in really handy.

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