Secret to the perfect pancake is discovered

March 4, 2014 by Sean Barton, University of Sheffield
Secret to the perfect pancake is discovered

In a collaboration with Meadowhall Shopping Centre, students from the University's Maths Society (SUMS) developed, trialled and tested a formula which enables pancake-lovers across the world to rustle-up pancakes to their own personal preference, taking into account the number of pancakes required, thickness and pan size.

Whether you're feeding a hungry family of six or simply wishing to treat yourself on Shrove Tuesday, the formula which has been turned into a calculator below will help you prepare the perfect pancake feast.

Tested by chefs at Meadowhall's Frankie and Benny's restaurant, the formula translates to:

Secret to the perfect pancake is discovered

Gaby Thompson, President of the University of Sheffield's Maths Society (SUMS), and one of the formula's creators, said: "Cooking is full of scientific and , so when Meadowhall approached us to see if we'd like to join in the fun, we jumped at the chance.

"Cooking is a fun and innovative way to demonstrate how maths can be used and explored in everyday life and we hope by developing this it will encourage more people to engage with the subject and help to combat phobia."

Perfect pancake calculator

Tell us how many pancakes you want to make, your preferred pancake thickness and the size of your pan and we'll tell you exactly what you need.

The quantities above are based on this Delia Smith recipe and are meant only as a guide.

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not rated yet Mar 04, 2014
Let's see - Volume of a cylinder = pi*r^2*h = pi*d^2*h/4, and if you have n identical cylinders, the total volume is n * volume of one cylinder. And, oh, the very scientific looking equation only gives an estimate. Plus it doesn't give me the ratio of flour, baking soda, etc. Had to look to see if today was April 1.
Mar 04, 2014
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not rated yet Mar 04, 2014
Great, unless you use a large square griddle.
not rated yet Mar 04, 2014
Ingredients making perfection are merely Marxian (mud-pie) economics in the kitchen.

I'm away from my recipe book but I use also vanilla, baking soda, lemon juice and sugar and give the barely stirred batter time to rise and develop fluffy lightness.
not rated yet Mar 04, 2014
I beg to differ it's the perfect pancake. I didn't see a variable for Mary Jane.
not rated yet Mar 04, 2014
I beg to differ it's the perfect pancake. I didn't see a variable for Mary Jane.
LOL Mary Jane belongs chained to the bed and not in the kitchen, particularly not making flapjacks.
not rated yet Mar 04, 2014
Haha, chained to the bed is another good place. I don't know about your experience with MJ, but I think she tastes goooood.
not rated yet Mar 05, 2014
.15cm think? those are crapes not pancakes. At least not in the American portion of the world, we usually make ours about 1.5cm think and 14cm diameter, light and fluffy.
not rated yet Mar 05, 2014
They got the picture wrong, those aren't real pancakes, they are flapjacks. REAL pancakes are big and thin, like crepes! Yummm ;-)
not rated yet Mar 05, 2014
Crepes or pancakes - I'd volunteer to test the results.

Regarding math phobia, back in class, your professor will tell you your frying pan is shaped like a wok that had been used to pound nails, and oh yeah - your score on the test is 50% of your final grade.
5 / 5 (1) Mar 05, 2014
In Delia Smith's recipe, she adds "Castor Sugar". Never!! The only sweetener that results in a perfect pancake is pure unadulterated maple syrup. And please, non of those high fructose artificially sweetened poisons.
1 / 5 (1) Mar 08, 2014
The perfect pancakes is made by a local apple orchard at the end of season.

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