URGENT ADVICE - In the middle of a recipe, how many desert spoons make a tabelspoon?

(18 Posts)
clottedcreamteaplease Sat 31-Aug-13 12:00:51

recipe says 3 x tablespoons I only have desert - please help!

SilverApples Sat 31-Aug-13 12:02:12

Two level dessert spoons.

oddslippers Sat 31-Aug-13 12:03:30

A dessert spoon is 10ml approx so I would say 4 1/2

clottedcreamteaplease Sat 31-Aug-13 12:04:25

ok there is conflicting evidence on google some say 1.5 desert spoons make 1 tablespoon some say 3 teaspoons make 1

Teaspoon should be roughly 5ml, dessert roughly 10ml and tablespoon roughly 15ml. So 3 tablespoons would be 9 teaspoons, or 4 and a half desserts.

4.5 desert spoons.

Teaspoon is 5 ml
Desert spoon is 10
Tablespoon is 15

You could use 9 teaspoons instead!

adagio Sat 31-Aug-13 12:05:58

Huh?> SilverApples?

Tablespoons are bigger than Dessert spoons?

Tablespoon is 15ml, Dessertspoons I don't know but a teaspoon is 5ml so I would go 3 teaspoons if I had a measuring one or a kids medicine spoon OR a big round full as I can get it dessertspoon (depending on how accurate I think it needs to be)

clottedcreamteaplease Sat 31-Aug-13 12:06:42

ok Im going in with 9 teaspoons - it's coco powder so Im sure nothing can be "too chocolatey"!!

adagio Sat 31-Aug-13 12:06:53

x-posts! what they said^^

SilverApples Sat 31-Aug-13 12:07:01

Can only go by how I cook, smile
2 tsp=1 dessert, 2 dessert= 1 tablespoon
4 tsp = 1 tablespoon.

clotted that isn't conflicting - that is correct! 3 teaspoons is a table spoon and 1.5 desert spoons is also a table spoon.

Does that make sense?

SilverApples Sat 31-Aug-13 12:08:49

Sorry, adagio. I was answering the question how many dessert spoons make a tablespoon. 2 in my book.

SoupDragon Sat 31-Aug-13 12:10:33

Don't put sand in by mistake. wink

As an aside, I'd recommend investing in a set of measuring spoons - they aren't expensive, are more accurate than a spoon and also mine have the ml measurements printed on them. Very useful.

SoupDragon Sat 31-Aug-13 12:12:01

2 dessert spoons = 20ml whereas a tablespoon is only 15ml.

Unimportant for all bar baking powder/salt I imagine though.

SilverApples Sat 31-Aug-13 12:47:28

I've got these SoupDragon, www.johnlewis.com/kitchen-craft-colourworks-5-piece-measuring-spoon-set-multi/p231823379?kpid=231823379&s_kenid=152d43d7-1a32-4d88-fba4-00005d1c1ed4&s_kwcid=ppc_pla&tmad=c&tmcampid=73
DS is an Aspie and loves the clarity of cooking with the ease of the colours, instead of faffing around with different sized spoons. We've got measuring cups in a similar vein.
But I may well have been wrong all these years with my measurements, I've always been a handful/pinch/slug, taste it and see sort of cook.

adagio Sat 31-Aug-13 14:15:13

Ahh SilverApples you see I read your response and thought how can 2 tablespoons = 3 tablespoons…but you meant 1 tablespoon = 2 dessert spoons.

To compound my idiocy I then went on to answer in exactly the same way as in x=1 tablespoon (not the three the OP needs)


mykingdomforasleep Tue 03-Sep-13 23:08:00

Check origin of recipe
UK - tablespoon = 15 ml
Australia - tablespoon = 20 ml

mykingdomforasleep Tue 03-Sep-13 23:09:10

Oops...the urgency has long passed smile

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