So i made pancakes this morning and the instructions on the back of the box said i could make 12-14 4 inch pancakes. when i finished i hand 8 idk what radius pancakes. being the engineer i am, i didn’t like how the number of pancakes was determined by their diameter, since it is not easy to measure the pancakes while cooking said pancakes, making diameter an inaccurate way to estimate the number of pancakes made. after doing some simple math regarding the amount of ingredients used and the way i made the pancakes, i came up with this mathematical model:
1) add the amount of mix (in cups) to the amount of water (in cups) to find the batter (in cups)
2) divide the batter by the size of the measuring cup used to dispense batter to find the number of theoretical pancakes made
3) subtract the number of theoretical pancakes by 2 (residue on the cup and bowl that cant be made into pancakes) to find the true number of pancakes.
For example: i used 2 cups of mix and 1 and 1/3 cups of water and dispensed it with a 1/3 cup measuring cup. this means i have 10 theoretical pancakes. 10-2=8. 8 real (decently sized) pancakes made, compared to 12 4inch pancakes
some flaws with the model. i only have made 1 batch of pancakes and am basing the model off of that, so i don’t know how well this model will hold up. for those of you making pancakes, try it and see if it works