By Kristie Brown

When it comes to accessories or lingerie, less is often more. That principle applies to food as well, like when your recipe calls for a "scant" measurement -- one that is not quite up to the full amount. Properly measuring a scant cup of flour will ensure that your recipe comes out just as you had intended.

Flour is an essential ingredient in baking.

Step 1

Scoop the flour into a measuring cup.

Step 2

Tap the cup gently against the counter to tamp down the flour, eyeing the level to see how much flour you've added.

Step 3

Add more flour to fill the cup about 7/8 full, or to just below the full-cup indicator, if necessary.

Step 4

Remove any excess flour with the scoop to ensure you do not have a full cup.