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Flipping marvellous: How to make the perfect pancake—according to science

It's all about the gluten (and the carbon dioxide)

By Simon Cotton  

Staff and students at the University of Sheffield take part in The Big Flip and break the Guinness World Record for the most people flipping pancakes. Photo: PA

Everyone loves pancakes and wants to know the secret of cooking them. And that partly depends on whether you’re after the thin, crêpe-like European style or the thicker ones more popular in North America as each requires a different approach.

When you make pancake batter you are mixing a whole range of different chemicals (so all sorts of reactions take place…

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