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FAQ

BakeCent is a Notion template for curious, adventurous and nerdy cooks and bakers. It makes it easy to apply the Baker's Percentage method to (almost) any recipe.

Baker percentage

What's the deal with recipes and formulas?

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Recipe

Traditional recipes use conventional measurements for ingredients, which are widely available but not always accurate. Looking at a recipe it is hard to understand the ratios of ingredients and know what the results will be like.

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Formula

Formulas store percent values for all the ingredients and calculate ingredient weights on the fly based on the required total weight. It makes it easy to see the ratios of ingredients, scale up or down, or compare different formulas.


Is it just for baking?

No! A whole lot of cooking recipes can benefit from being converted into formulas. Stuff like sauces, custards, soups, fillings, and lots of other things will work too. While it would probably be an overkill to weigh lettuce for your salad*, accurate ratios are pretty important for building a good salad dressing.

*Unless it is your favorite salad recipe and you suddenly need to scale it up to a crowd of 100.


Sounds great! Where's the catch?

Two things to keep in mind:


So, how does it work in Notion?

All the data lives in five database tables:

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Here is the process:

  1. A new formula entry is created from a template that already has embedded views of the Ingredients in Formula and Scales tables, and filters are adjusted so that all the new entries have the correct relations.
  2. A recipe is entered as a mix of conventional measurements in the Add/Edit view of Ingredients in Formula table.
  3. These are automatically converted to weight in grams in a separate column.
  4. Based on the weight in grams, and selected Anchors, percent values are automatically calculated for every ingredient.
  5. User adds the total weight of the formula as a new entry in Scales table and marks it as selected.

<aside> ūüí° It may look like a lot to remember, but don't worry, there is a neat checklist in the template itself.

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What is an Anchor Ingredient?

BakeCent is based on the idea of Baker's Percentage. In this method, flour weight is always 100%, and the amounts of other ingredients in a formula are expressed as percentages of the flour weight. Flour becomes the baseline for the whole formula.

In BakeCent we call these baseline ingredients Anchors, and you are free to choose which particular ingredient to set as an anchor.

Why use Anchors?

Storing recipe as a percent-based formula already has advantages of scalability and precision. Selecting an anchor ingredient adds a couple more:

There are three possible situations:

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No Anchor

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Single Anchor

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Multiple Anchors

How to choose an anchor?

It's up to you! If it is a baking formula, choosing flour or combination of starches as anchors is the best idea. Otherwise, think of the most prominent ingredient, the one that defines the recipe. If you were to compare two similar formulas, which ingredient would you like to see as the baseline for comparison?


What if I want to edit the percent values directly?

Editing percent values be done by adjusting the original amount and unit in the Add/Edit linked table. For example, if the original formula lists 1 tbsp of an ingredient and you want to double it, change the amount to 2 tbsp.

For more precise control, copy all the values from the Percent column, paste them into the Amount column, and change the Unit for them all to %. Keep in mind that it is best to have an anchor in your formula and only edit the percent values of non-anchor ingredients, because otherwise, the results of the calculations may be a rather confusing.

How do I make a copy of a formula?

Remember, the Formulas table only stores the general information like images, instructions, and notes. So if you want to copy a formula, you will also need to copy all the entries in the Ingredients in Formula and Scales tables. This can be done by either re-creating the formula from scratch or following the next steps:

  1. Duplicate a formula entry and rename it. It will seem that all the ingredients and scales are in place, but actually, Notion just adds a second relation to the existing entries. This messes with calculations and is not what we want.
  2. Select all the entries in the Ingredients in Formula linked table and duplicate them (Ctrl+D).
  3. With duplicated entries still selected, right-click and choose Edit property > Formula.
  4. Remove the relation to the original formula but leave the new one.
  5. Select the original entries, right-click and choose Edit property > Formula.
  6. Remove the relation to the new formula but leave the original one. Original entries will disappear.
  7. Repeat steps 2-6 in the Scales linked table.

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