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First post, and some questions!

          I want to make something for my treat week at work - and I have decided to be brave and actually bake. 

I have chosen THIS recipe.  Simple, right?  There are only a few problems.

1) Instead of getting canned pumpkin, I got canned pumpkin pie mix.  I am assuming that if I used the can I got, I can simply not add as much cinnamon and sugar as the recipe says.  Am I assuming correctly?

2)  I am horrific at math, and I have no clue how much 2/3rds are or 3/4ths is.  I have the regulation cups, ( 1 cup, 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 etc) so how would I measure these out?  I know this must sound completely silly, but I scoffed at dealing with fractions when I was in middle school - could someone point me in the right direction?

3)  Does anyone have any tips and / or suggestions on how to make this roll turn out perfectly?  I really do want to impress my co-workers and so any help would be much obliged. 

Hopefully I'll have pictures of how my creation turned out - or died horrifically.  :)

Comments

sarahliz
Jun. 9th, 2007 06:59 am (UTC)
Dealing with fractions isn't quite as scary as it looks. Think of it in terms of pies. 1/4 is if you divided the pie into four pieces and took one of them. 3/4 is if you divided the pie into four pieces and took 3 of them.

So if you need 2/3 cups for instance, just take your 1/3 measure and add two of it. If you need 3/4 cups, take your 1/4 cup and add 3 of it.

Basically the bottom number is how many pieces your pie (or other whole object) is divided into. The top number is the number of pieces you want. 3/8 is a pie divided into 8 pieces and you take 3 of them.

In my experience math tends to get taught as being way more scary than it needs to be, which makes me sad.
xunforgivenx
Jun. 9th, 2007 07:11 am (UTC)
Wow, that actually makes sense! Thank you! I wish I had someone to sit me down and explain it to me like that when I was in grade school. :)

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