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The Lazy Man's Pancake

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Pancakes are delicious, but time consuming to make if you don't have a large cooking surface. Being limited to making just a few 4" flapjacks at a time across two pans was less than optimal in my opinion; especially when I'm just cooking for myself. My solution is to make one giant pancake in an oven-safe pan, cutting cooking time from (N/C)*t to roughly (D/d)*t. See the last page and spreadsheet for details.
 
 
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Step 1: Make the batter

I've tested this with batter equivalent to 10-12 4" pancakes. A good rule of thumb is that this Instructable is useful if the area of 4" pancakes you want to make is between 1.5-2.5x the area of the pan you are using. Too much more than that and it gets too thick and gets on the cake side, as the multiplier directly reflects the thickness of the pancake. Thus, at 2.5x you have a pancake that is now 2.5 times thicker than it normally is. The opposite is also true, and if you go below 1x then you are making a crepe.

For a 9" diameter pan, the low end would be about 8 4" pancakes, the high end about 13.
A 10" pan's useful range would be 10-16 4' pancakes.

Set your oven to 375 F. Making the batter is quick, and you want the oven to be ready to go in step 4. Now make the batter.

I use pancake mix, because I generally don't have milk and eggs on hand. If you don't use mix, thats cool too: do whatever you generally do to make pancake batter for however many pancakes you want to eat and skip to the next step.

For those of you who are using mix, err on the side of the batter being a little thin. I interpolate the measurements for numbers of pancakes off the chart on the back of the package: with a massive bag, the gradations of the chart are not fine enough, so this is somewhat necessary. I also convert the measurements to metric, but thats a matter of personal preference.
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Minmin422521 days ago
How much did that thing weigh??
zzoe2 years ago
Yummy - i love baked pancakes!
But...
Honestly, folks, 'from scratch' IS - JUST - NOT - THAT - HARD.
Can no one spare the extra 30 seconds for ultimate über-yumminess?
gossypia3 years ago
Enjoyed reading this thread and when I got to hostile hams comment I laughed till I cried
iamjelo3 years ago
i remember my sister made home-made pancake using my mom's own recipe, back when we were in nigeria. i think she put too much baking powder. it looked nice for it was puffy. but the taste? VERY BITTER!! we stuck to my mom's recipe from then on. or we go to the grocery and by pancake mix. hehehe
Kogitsune3 years ago
The cool thing about this is that you can do the same trick with corn bread too :). I'll probably give this a shot some time, good idea.
l8nite3 years ago
sorry I missed this earlier.. it's to cool to NOT DO !
zs3 years ago
even better than just add water, they now sell pancakes in aerosol cans like, whipped cream in a can
mrray3 years ago
Thank you for shaving off an hour of my morning while I am still groggy. i love the thick goodness of a Lazy pancake....blessings on you and your childrens children
Punkguyta5 years ago
You guys need to check out my pancakes
grandavi5 years ago
Did it take you longer to do the math than to make the pancake?
subtraho6 years ago
This is ridiculously cool - huzzah for food science!

However, I must say that this product, albeit horrifying, is likely lazier still.
I clicked your link i would say that is the thinking of a fat lazy man
LOL! I love your use of 'horrifying'. I read your post, clicked on the link, not knowing what to expect and when it popped up I laughed out loud.
Oh my ****ing god...... america is lazy.
He's not lazy. He's smart for streamlining the cooking process to minimize total cooking time. It's apparent that he has other things to be doing like studying.
I am not bad mouthing the huge,awesome pancake, i am bad mouthing this horror....
i bet somewhere out there someones eating ti straight from the can
sadly, i wouldnt be surprised.
zascecs w00ty325 years ago
A REALLY lazy person...
I agree that thing is terrible but i do like Bisquick shake and pore. Its like a detergent bottle shaped thing with bis quick and a line to pore water up to then you shake it and pore it onto the pan.
bisquik shake and pore is just pancake mix in an expensive bottle.
zascecs w00ty325 years ago
Whats the point of buying it then?.... ....lol
but its convent and its a bowl you don't need to clean
get the shake and pour once and just use it to shake and pour regular bisquick pancakes.
canida w00ty325 years ago
We tried it just for the amusement value. The pancakes tasted awful.
Skor459 canida5 years ago
I tried a can too but, wow, it was just horrid. I'll stick to batter mix or iHop.
sowhatu Skor4595 years ago
why can't they have ihop in canada?? :(
did you add sugar?
Plasmana canida5 years ago
It would, because they have to put in all sorts of chemicals in the can to keep the contents good, just imagine the eggs and milk in moist condition sitting in the can for a long time...
mg0930mg canida5 years ago
I bet!
I never heard of Batter Blaster till I clicked on your "horror". :o)
awang8 depayton5 years ago
And I suppose you'll say he's smart because aerosol pancakes are bad for the enviroment?
Haha! Yeah, just spray your pan, cook, and eat!
mightysinetheta (author)  subtraho6 years ago
Now you just need a way to cook it as its coming out of the can...pancakes on demand.
!!!I KNOW HOW!!!!! step 1. duct tape blow torch to batter blaster so the the nozzle of the batter blaster will be in front of the flame. step 2. turn on blow torch. step 3. batter blast!
Propane torches would probably be better... Or try microwaving the can (it makes explosions but the light show would be worth it).
I'm ROTFLing at the thought of what that would produce! Instructable would be kind.
Actually, Instructable would be just plain mean.
I'm kind of afraid to try it. I think the batter blaster would kill me. I mean, its genetically modified pancakes. and everyone knows thats how you make superherovillianmutantllamaswiththreeeyes. yeah I definetly have thought about this too much.
cool.
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