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2009-02-23 03:44:27 PM  
'The pancake should be served piping hot off the pan with sugar and lemon.'

Okay, in my opinion they just ruined their credibility with that statement. Sugar and lemon on pancakes?
 
2009-02-23 03:53:35 PM  
Hmmmmmmm. I definitely think that mixing the batter until it is smooth is definitely detrimental to the quality of the product. Makes them tough and rubbery. You need to make sure there are no lumps that won't be absorbed while cooking, of course, but no more mixing than is strictly necessary.

Also, letting the batter stand 10 or 20 minutes before cooking has a lot more to do with getting the leavening to work and less to do with getting the flour absorbed into the batter.

Just my two cents.

reillan: I would be ashamed if I studied maths under this woman

I agree. She should have stated the domains under which the function is valid or which had been verified experimentally.
 
2009-02-23 03:54:35 PM  

reillan: I have to agree with the Weeners at the bottom:


You put weeners at the bottom of your pancakes?
 
2009-02-23 03:56:31 PM  
Do not over mix, the less mixing the better the batter.
/this is why I use my johnson
 
2009-02-23 03:56:38 PM  
i was told there would be no math...
 
2009-02-23 04:00:50 PM  
will someone please post Pancake Bunny?
//because I am too lazy to find it.
///thanks
 
2009-02-23 04:02:19 PM  

reillan: I have to agree with the Weeners at the bottom:

According to that formula, if you left the pancake batter standing for ten years, (s-e) would be large, and so the pancake would be near perfect. If you let it stand for the same time as you left the pancake to cool, (s-e) would be zero and the pancake would be infinitely bad.

I would be ashamed if I studied maths under this woman - this is a silly PR stunt.


Dude... ASYMPTOTIC PANCAKES!

/I now have my next Rock Band name.
 
2009-02-23 04:05:45 PM  
Silly English having Shrove Tuesday be pancake day rather than the drunken debauchery that is Mardi Gras as God intended.
 
2009-02-23 04:09:15 PM  
Considering how many people bought this ^ because they cannot master the skill that would be utilizing a spatula, I highly doubt many people would follow that migraine-inducing formula.
 
2009-02-23 04:11:56 PM  

pandabear: Hmmmmmmm. I definitely think that mixing the batter until it is smooth is definitely detrimental to the quality of the product. Makes them tough and rubbery. You need to make sure there are no lumps that won't be absorbed while cooking, of course, but no more mixing than is strictly necessary.


Try adding a teaspoon of sour cream to the batter. And more importantly, separate the egg whites and whip them, whip them good. Fold them very gently back into the batter, will make the fluffiest pancakes you've ever had. Totally agree on minimal mixing in general, too.
 
2009-02-23 04:15:36 PM  

vossiewulf: And more importantly, separate the egg whites and whip them, whip them good.


Wouldn't that make them more crispy like a waffle?
 
2009-02-23 04:20:48 PM  

EvilEgg: vossiewulf: And more importantly, separate the egg whites and whip them, whip them good.

Wouldn't that make them more crispy like a waffle?


Nope, not a bit. Big, yummy light and fluffy pancakes. "Fold them back in gently" means yes mix them, but just enough to get you below lots of large solid whipped egg white blobs. Give it a try, not hard to get mostly right.
 
2009-02-23 04:26:10 PM  
Subby missed a thing.

I'm no good at math, but it's a mathey headline. It's required that subby missed a thing.
 
2009-02-23 04:28:26 PM  
Was it necessary to include a term for Lumps in the formula? Couldn't you just leave that out as unnecessarily complex and agree that there shouldn't be any?
Because otherwise, I propose that we include terms for the amount of cyanide, and the number of pigs' feet and roadkill organs in the pancake.
I mean c'mon, if you wanna be rigorous, let's be rigorous.


SpinStopper: Okay, in my opinion they just ruined their credibility with that statement. Sugar and lemon on pancakes?


In the British pancake tradition for Shrove Tuesday, what they call a "pancake" is what you would call a "crepe".
Sugar and lemon on a crepe is very, very tasty.

/bunny with a pancake on its head
 
2009-02-23 04:28:46 PM  
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At first I tried to figure out what was going on in that headline, but then I remembered there wasn't going to be a test.
 
2009-02-23 04:28:49 PM  
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2009-02-23 04:29:44 PM  
So I should let the pancake batter sit for weeks to ensure T(m-T)/(S-E)is minimized?
 
2009-02-23 04:41:01 PM  
CrankMyBlueSax: Three damned seconds ;)
 
2009-02-23 04:43:51 PM  
I have to agree with the Weeners at the bottom of this thread.
 
2009-02-23 04:44:58 PM  
I just came from a bed and breakfast up in the Catskill's and the cook made the most god awful pancakes I have ever tasted. Being that I knew the owner, I went into the kitchen and told the cook to move over and showed her what she was doing wrong. She had the griddle on way to low, turning out a bunch of cakes that were like hockey pucks. I turned it up and thru a new batch on to show her how much the right heat really does matter.
/her french toast also sucked because of this
//it was a stove/oven that was over 80 years old and a real thing of beauty
 
2009-02-23 04:49:36 PM  

SpinStopper: Sugar and lemon on pancakes?


I believe that's a Northern European thing.
 
2009-02-23 05:45:13 PM  
They said there wasn't gonna be any math
 
2009-02-23 05:45:32 PM  
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2009-02-23 05:46:59 PM  

sparky1013: i was told there would be no math...


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2009-02-23 05:47:10 PM  
Wow...Dr. Ruth has really lost her shine...
 
2009-02-23 05:47:39 PM  
Sorry, I only eat Non-Euclidean food.

SpinStopper: 'The pancake should be served piping hot off the pan with sugar and lemon.'

Okay, in my opinion they just ruined their credibility with that statement. Sugar and lemon on pancakes?


I've eaten creppes with lemon, and they taste great (my opinion, I'm sure some french/french-canadian farker might try to rip my throat out), so why not pancakes?.

/Although I love 'em with maple syrup and butter
 
2009-02-23 05:47:57 PM  
The pancake is a lie.
 
2009-02-23 05:48:09 PM  
Everybody who bakes should know that you can only let the batter rest for 10-20 minutes, because within 30-40 minutes the chemical leavening agents (baking soda and/or baking powder) will be exhausted and the batter will no longer behave as desired.
 
2009-02-23 05:48:41 PM  
Something tells me her strongpoint isn't dimensional analysis.

/The formula could be balanced with bacon however.
 
2009-02-23 05:48:56 PM  
sparky1013

i was told there would be no math...


Why does everyone fark this simple SNL quote up? Only once I've seen it posted did someone get it right.

"It was my understanding that there would be no math."

It's bad enough you beat me, but for gods sake, get it right.
 
2009-02-23 05:50:06 PM  
pancakes? really? people still eat this garbage? no wonder you're all fat with diabetes. can't you afford some real breakfast food like steak and eggs with a fruit cup side?
 
2009-02-23 05:50:07 PM  
Stupid * (Dumb-Worthlessness) = incredible waste of time.
 
2009-02-23 05:50:48 PM  
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Is that a flour tortilla?

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2009-02-23 05:51:21 PM  
The Brits need to learn how to do it American style:

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2009-02-23 05:51:24 PM  
i want to see the formula for the syrup
 
2009-02-23 05:52:06 PM  
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"Do you like pancakes?"
 
2009-02-23 05:52:11 PM  

SpinStopper: 'The pancake should be served piping hot off the pan with sugar and lemon.'

Okay, in my opinion they just ruined their credibility with that statement. Sugar and lemon on pancakes?


You never ha lemon pancakes? Oh child, do get out of your mother's basement once in a while

lemon, sugar, strawberry, banana...bring it on!
 
2009-02-23 05:52:19 PM  

SpinStopper: 'The pancake should be served piping hot off the pan with sugar and lemon.'

Okay, in my opinion they just ruined their credibility with that statement. Sugar and lemon on pancakes?


What do you expect from people who eat beans for breakfast?

I make THE best "Golden Brown Pancakes" (as they were named by a favorite niece many years ago). Betty Crocker recipe, beat the hell out of it in the Kitchenaide. Hot, electric griddle. Stove top it too hard to control the heat.

For "Heart Healthy" pancakes, fry them in bacon grease. Hmmmmmmmm.
 
2009-02-23 05:52:39 PM  
Who cares if her formula was not rigorous or complete? It describes her perfect pancake, perfect here being subjective. The number of independent factors, seems arbitrary, too. What about *my* ideal pancake? And yea, sugar and lemon on a pancake, that's sick.
 
2009-02-23 05:53:23 PM  
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2009-02-23 05:55:23 PM  
Great.

What if you wanted a waffle?
 
2009-02-23 05:56:45 PM  

reillan: I would be ashamed if I studied maths under this woman


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2009-02-23 05:57:49 PM  
It looks so complicated. Part of the reason I make pancakes is because they're not complicated :P
 
2009-02-23 05:59:08 PM  

SpinStopper: 'The pancake should be served piping hot off the pan with sugar and lemon.'

Okay, in my opinion they just ruined their credibility with that statement. Sugar and lemon on pancakes?


Came in here to say that. Lemon? Um, how 'bout NO.

lakteller30: i want to see the formula for the syrup


Ingredients:

maple trees
sharp, hollow, pointy metal tubes.
stainless steel buckets
heat

mix ingredients until...MMMMMMM
 
2009-02-23 05:59:58 PM  
"The Big One" Pancake (from Fallout 2)

1/3 cup Butter
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour

In a blender whip eggs for 1 min. Gradually add milk and then flour while blender is on. After adding milk and flour continue blending for 30 seconds. Melt butter. Pour melted butter into souffle dish (or round high dish),then add mixture to dish. Bake at 425 degrees for 20-25minutes coontil fluffy and golden brown & firm. Pancake will fall apart after being removed from the oven. Serve with fresh strawberries, powdered sugar,lemon, syrup, cinnamon, or anything you desire. Makes approximately 8 servings.
 
2009-02-23 06:01:15 PM  
I'm not eating anything associated with anyone named Dr. Ruth.
 
2009-02-23 06:03:19 PM  
DUAL-PURPOSE IMAGE POST!!!!!

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With both "Math Sucks™" statement and Danica McKellar hawtness.
 
2009-02-23 06:05:26 PM  

IXI Jim IXI: Great.

What if you wanted a waffle?


That requires a whole new formula and requires to calculate in the mass spectrometry of buttermilk plus the national GDP of Belgium.

/adjusted to the ratio of nooks and crannies of course
 
2009-02-23 06:06:27 PM  
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2009-02-23 06:07:33 PM  

Drubell: It looks so complicated. Part of the reason I make pancakes is because they're not complicated :P


This.

Listen, I'll complicate my pancakes -- I'll put in 3 kinds of flour (whole wheat, cake, and blue corn), I'll add yeast the night before so that it it leavens into a sourdough pancake. I'll put ice cream or jelly on top instead of syrup. But nothing in this formula of hers compels me to try it.

Pancakes are simple. Equal volumes of liquid and flour = pancake batter.
 
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