What happens when you put a bunch of old fashioned pancakes together?
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An international team of scientists have come up with a new way to cook pancakes in a way that doesn’t involve a massive oven.
They use a new kind of technology that could one day help people make a healthier meal by cooking foods they already have.
The team, led by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, has developed a device called an ‘electro-active pancakes oven’, which is able to turn a hot pancake into a super-fine-grained, multi-layer pancake.
This could enable people to make a healthy meal using less energy and, potentially, make it easier for them to eat less.
This innovative process has the potential to revolutionise the way we cook food, according to Professor Tim O’Neill, a research scientist at the Berkeley School of Architecture and Urban Planning and lead author of the paper.
“We could use this technology to make the perfect pancakes, to turn them into something that is a little bit more traditional, that’s not super-fancy,” he said.
“This process could make it so that we can cook pancakes without the use of a massive pan, with the help of an electric oven.”
In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the scientists say their new technique could be used to make pancakes using old-fashioned ingredients such as honey and eggs, as well as new types of proteins that are already known to be good for us.
“Our process is so different from anything else that has been tried before,” said lead author Professor James T. MacLean, from the University’s School of Chemical Engineering.
“It is basically a hybrid technology, where we’re trying to create a system that is able [to] turn pancakes into a fine-grains structure.”
Professor MacLean and his team were working on this idea for a year, when they decided to look for ways to make more pancakes using the new technology.
“I came across this interesting method that involves microwaving something that you already have, and then turning it into a pancake,” he explained.
“Then it is cooked in the oven and baked.”
The team has been able to create these pancakes using just a microwave, but there’s a big challenge in the process.
“One of the challenges in cooking these is getting the pancake to stick to the hot plate,” Professor MacLean said.
This new technology is known as ‘electrogravitational’ and uses a magnetic field to force pancakes to stick.
“A magnetism is created, and a magnetic force is created around that magnet, which is then translated into a force on the pancaking, which drives the pancaked pancake through a series of magnetic spins,” Professor O’Neil said.
Professor Maclean and his colleagues developed this process by heating a mixture of honey, egg and water, and using a small electric motor to spin the mixture at high speeds.
“They’ve found that a lot of this work was done on this motor and then the rest of the work is done by microwaving,” he added.
“That’s where it comes in.
We use the microwave to create the microwaves.”
The process is extremely energy efficient, and the team found that using the motor to create microwaves, the pancakes stick to a hot plate.
“When you add water, we can make the pancakes stick a little longer, which means that they are more efficient than if they had to be made by hand,” Professor McLean said, adding that the pancons had to have a specific surface area to stick properly.
“If you’re cooking pancakes by hand, you have to use a lot more energy than if you’re using an electric motor,” Professor McClean said.
So, how do you make pancakes that are less dense?
Professor MacLeod and his colleague, Professor John T. Meeks, from Rutgers University, have developed a way to make less dense pancakes using an additive that can be used in a variety of recipes, including pancakes, crackers and crackers with honey.
“There are lots of recipes that involve using honey, and we’ve used a lot that has honey in it, and that’s one of the key ingredients in the pancakes,” Professor Meeks said.”[We] thought it was time to take it a step further and actually use something that we already know can be good in pancakes, and use it in our own recipe.”
This new additive, called “hydroxyhexyl acetate” (OHHA), has been shown to be effective in pancakes that contain a low amount of starch, and Professor MacLeod said the team was hoping to use it to make even better pancakes.
“The process for making pancakes has changed a lot over the years,” he told the ABC.
“Nowadays, the traditional way is to use butter, but now we’ve developed a technique where we can use this product that has high starch content and it can actually help make pancakes much more dense.”
Professor Meeks is now working on using
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