It’s your pal, Eddie. Yesterday was one of the best days of the year, pancake day! Although, I’m sure you know that. Did you have pancakes too?
There are two types of pancakes, American pancakes which are thicker and fluffier, and then crêpe pancakes, which are the really thin ones that we usually make on pancake day.
This year I wanted to be in charge of the pancakes. I thought it would be really fun to make them for Mum and Dad for a change.
Measuring the ingredients
The first thing I had to do was make the batter for the pancakes. The recipe we use makes 12 pancakes; this means we have 4 pancakes each. Here’s what I had to measure out:
- 125g flour
- 350ml milk
- 3 eggs
I used a set of scales to weigh the flour and a measuring jug to get the right amount of milk.
Once my ingredients were measured out, I whisked everything together in a bowl to make the pancake batter. Easy!
Making the pancakes
Cooking pancakes is pretty straight forward but making sure you have the heat right can be a little tricky. My first couple of pancakes came out a little messy!
To cook my pancakes, I had to heat up some oil in a frying pan. You need just enough oil to coat the pan to make sure the pancakes don’t stick. The next step was to put a ladle of pancake batter into the pan. There should be enough batter to cover the bottom of the pan in a thin layer.
Leave it on the heat until the bottom of the pancake is getting brown. When you can move the pancake around the pan, without it sticking, the pancake is ready to flip. You can either try and flip it in the pan or use a spatula if you don’t want to get your pancake on the ceiling or the floor!
Heat the pancake on the flipped side until it is cooked through. After that comes the best bit, adding toppings! My Mum likes to have sugar and lemon juice on her pancakes. Dad likes to have chocolate spread and some berries on his. I like to have everything on top of mine! Delicious!
Working out how much a pancake cost
Once we had enjoyed our delicious pancakes Dad set me the challenge of working out how much it had cost to make our pancakes.
We had to buy flour, milk and eggs to make our pancakes. So, first of all, I need to know how much each of those things cost. I checked the shopping receipt and found out:
- 1.5kg bag of flour cost 60p
- 1 pint of milk cost 50p
- Half a dozen large, free range eggs cost £1.10
The next step was to work out how much as a percentage the measured ingredients were of the whole amount. Then I could work out how much the measured ingredients cost.
Flour: 125g is approximately 8% of 1500g (1.5kg). This meant I needed to work out what 8% of 60p is for the cost of the flour = 4.8p, we can round this up to 5p.
Milk: One pint of milk is 568ml so I needed to work out what 350ml was as a percentage of that. 350ml is approximately 62% of 568ml. I had to work out 62% of 50p which is 31p.
Eggs: This one was an easy one to work out! 3 eggs are 50% of half a dozen eggs which mean they cost 55p.
Next, I added up all of these prices up to get the total cost to make 12 pancakes:
5p + 31p + 55p = 91p
I then had one final sum left to do to find out how much each pancake cost. I simply had to divide 91p by 12. This equals 7.6p but as we don’t have parts of coins, we can round this up to 8p.
Hooray! I worked out how much each pancake cost to make! Each pancake cost approximately 8p.
Working out percentages can be really tricky, especially if the numbers don’t divide into each other as whole numbers. I used a calculator and Dad gave me a hand working out some of the sums when I got stuck. It was fun to be set a challenge though!
I hope you had a flipping good pancake day too. What toppings did you put on your pancakes?
Speak again soon! Love from Eddie x