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Old 11-24-2014, 08:23 PM   #1
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Hi, newbie here (to cooking, too)
Is there anywhere here that tells you how to double a recipe? Or half it? Or 1-1/2 it. I have a very good pancake recipe that needs to be halved again (1-1/2) but feel that just taking 1/2 and adding it to the whole isn't quite right. For instance, I don't think I want to just evenly modify the baking powder. I don't know if there is a fixed formula somewhere or each modification has to be done individually. Or by ingredients........or what?
Thanks for the pointers.

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Old 11-24-2014, 08:34 PM   #2
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First of , Welcome to DC. This place has all the answers to any question you could ask.

Chief, yoohoo where are you? A pancake question needs your attention! He will be along shortly, I am sure!
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Old 11-24-2014, 09:22 PM   #3
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Hi, newbie here (to cooking, too)
Is there anywhere here that tells you how to double a recipe? Or half it? Or 1-1/2 it. I have a very good pancake recipe that needs to be halved again (1-1/2) but feel that just taking 1/2 and adding it to the whole isn't quite right. For instance, I don't think I want to just evenly modify the baking powder. I don't know if there is a fixed formula somewhere or each modification has to be done individually. Or by ingredients........or what?
Thanks for the pointers.
Why can't you just multiply? If you mixed the ingredients for a regular recipe then mixed a second identical batch and combined them, they would still be right.

For baking recipes, the key is to keep the relationships between the flour and the other ingredients. So if the sugar is 50% of the flour in the original recipe, it should be 50% of the flour in the increased recipe. Same for the other ingredients.

e.g. 100 gr flour and 50 gr sugar (sugar is 50% of the flour). Increase the flour to 150 gr. and the sugar has to be increased to maintain the 50% relationship - 75 gr.
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Old 11-24-2014, 09:23 PM   #4
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Holy cow Addie.... you act like modifying a pancake recipe is rocket science. You think Chief is the only one around here who knows how to make pancakes?

Silvercbx, to increase your pancake recipe by 50% just multiply the ingredients by 1.5. So if the original recipe calls for two teaspoons of baking powder, you would add three. If it calls for one egg, obviously there is no such thing as a half an egg. In this instance, I would just add two.

The only place increasing a recipe gets tricky is when it comes to bake times. There you might just have to experiment a little.
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Old 11-24-2014, 09:29 PM   #5
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Holy cow Addy.... you act like modifying a pancake recipe is rocket science. You think Chief is the only one around here who knows how to make pancakes?

Silvercbx, to increase your pancake recipe by 50% just multiply the ingredients by 1.5. So if the original recipe calls for two teaspoons of baking powder, you would add three. If it calls for one egg, obviously there is no such thing as a half an egg. In this instance, I would just add two.

The only place increasing a recipe gets tricky is when it comes to bake times. There you might just have to experiment a little.
Steve, I wasn't addressing pancakes specifically. I was addressing the general question of 'doubling' a recipe.

When I need a half egg, I scramble an egg and use half of it.
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Old 11-24-2014, 09:31 PM   #6
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Oops... I wasn't replying to your post, Andy. I was replying to Addie. I think our posts just overlapped.
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Old 11-24-2014, 09:42 PM   #7
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Oops... I wasn't replying to your post, Andy. I was replying to Addie. I think our posts just overlapped.
I am positive that most folks here are quite capable of making fantastic pancakes. But over the years, it seems to me that the Chief is the one everyone turns to when it comes to pancakes. Every person who has tried his recipe raves about it. I am not saying anything against the Chief either. So please don't go to the other end. But let face it Steve. The Chief does take some personal pride in his recipe.

Now to answer the posters question. I for one cannot do math if my life depended on it. I gave up years ago even trying. So when I have a math question, I call up The Pirate. He can look at a column of figures and give you the total before you even have looked at the whole problem. It seems that when it comes to numbers, I was born with dyslexia.
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.........Every person who has tried his recipe raves about it..........
Not everyone.
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I don't like pancakes. Or math. Especially math.
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Old 11-24-2014, 11:51 PM   #10
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I don't like pancakes. Or math. Especially math.
Thank you. I am not alone. I see or hear numbers and my mind goes blank. And maybe once a year, if someone is making them, I will have one small pancake with just a little butter and a very light sprinkling of sugar. They are total carbs for me. So I leave them alone.
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