Measuring cups are an essential piece of kitchen equipment for all budding bakers. They make it really easy to measure out liquids like milk, oil and water, or solid ingredients like butter, flour, spices and sugar.
This set of 4 cups is made from high quality 201 stainless steel, making them suitable for both hot and cold ingredients. Unlike cheaper, plastic cups, they won’t absorb strong odours or colours from your food and they are really easy to clean. Simply rinse and wipe and they are ready for the next ingredient to be measured.
Each cup in this set has the cup size and the corresponding liquid measure embossed on the base, making it really easy to see which cup you need. The set includes:
This measuring cup set uses UK sizes. An American cup is slightly smaller at 240ml, but the difference is minimal so if you use this set for all ingredients in your recipe the ratio will remain the same and have a negligible impact on the final bake.
UK Cup - US Cup
1 Cup - 250ml UK - 240ml US
½ Cup - 125ml UK - 120ml US
¼ Cup - 60ml UK - 60ml US
⅓ Cup - 80ml - 80ml US
Yes, these cups can be used to weigh out flour and other dry ingredients like sugar, butter, chocolate chips, etc. The accepted method is to spoon flour into the cup then level off the top with a knife. It isn’t as accurate as weighing the ingredients on a set of scales, for example, the amount you’ll fit in a cup depends on whether you sieve it in, and how tightly you compact it, but provides a quick way to measure ingredients. It isn’t possible to convert cups to grams or ounces as the weight will depend on the contents of the cup, for example, a cup of icing sugar will weigh different to a cup of chocolate chips, but we can provide some approximations;
You can stack these cups inside one another to make storage easier and at around 8cm high in this configuration they will fit into most standard kitchen drawers. We’ve also included a ring that holds the handles together so you don’t misplace one cup from the set. If you want to take them apart it’s the same procedure as removing a key from a keychain.
Yes, you can clean these in the dishwasher. We recommend removing the ring the joins the handles before cleaning to prevent the cups hitting each other during the cycle, an action that may cause tarnishing or dents. You can also wash these by hand using warm soapy water and a soft cloth. Make sure the cups are fully dry before storing.
Prepare two baking sheets with greaseproof paper.
In a stand mixer, combine the butter, sugar and salt on a low speed until just combined but not smooth.
Add the flower a little at a time and mix on al low speed until the dough has just pulled together, this is around 3 - 4 minutes, but don’t overmix.
Lightly dust your work surface with flour and roll out the dough to around 1cm thick. You don’t need to worry about exact depth, it’s more important to ensure a uniform depth across the dough to allow for even baking.
Cut your dough into your chosen shapes, whether that’s squares, rectangles, or novelty shapes using cookie cutters. Gather together the scraps of dough and re-roll so you can cut more out. If your dough becomes sticky and unmanageable, pop it in the fridge for a few minutes.
Arrange your shortbread on the baking sheets and cool in the fridge for at least 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 150C.
Cook your shortbread until it has a rich golden colour on the base and sides with a pale gold colour on top. This can be between 30 - 45 minutes or a little longer, depending on the thickness of your dough. If you can’t fit both trays on the same shelf, swap their positions every 15 minutes or so to ensure they cook at the same rate.