Listen to the audio, and try to identify all countable and uncountable nouns, including what quantifiers were used.
Questions: What is the weight of a cup of flour? What is the problem with many people’s ovens? What might you need to fix your oven?
A cup of flour, type of flour, 1 cup of flour, few people, specific… equipment, two pieces of information, knowledge. “People” is a countable, plural noun that does not use a plural -s, unless it refers to the men, women and children of a particular nation, community or ethnic group (The native peoples of Canada…)
Baking is really a form of chemistry. We need to know the exact ratio of all the ingredients, and when to combine them.
Many people do not realize that a cup of flour has a certain weight associated with it. Depending on the type of flour, 1 cup equals about 120g. So, when a recipe calls for 1 cup of flour do not add a generous scoop, but rather weigh the flour, and add exactly 120g.
Adding and mixing the ingredients is one thing, baking them evenly is another. Few people realize that their ovens aren’t baking evenly. A lot of them bake at temperatures that are either higher or lower than what they are set to. Getting an oven thermometer will solve this problem and will tell you if your oven needs to be adjusted. You may need specific tools or equipment to recalibrate your oven.
These two pieces of information are essential knowledge for any professional baker.
to associate – connect (someone or something) with something else in one’s mind
to equal – be the same as in number or amount
to call for – make necessary
to weigh – find out how heavy (someone or something) is, typically using scales.
to adjust – alter or move (sth.) slightly in order to achieve the desired fit, appearance, or result
to calibrate – mark (a gauge or instrument) with a standard scale of readings
generous – here: (of a thing) larger or more plentiful than is usual or necessary
even(ly) – here: equal in number, amount, or value