Selecting A Topic + Recipe:
After considering a few different ideas for what I will do this assignment on, for example “how grapes turn into wine” (which I found to be too complicated) and “how does recycling work” (which I found to be too simple) I have landed on the idea of “how to make pancakes” I feel as though this will offer plenty for visually communicating a process without the use of excessive amounts of text. In class I had asked my tutor for some feedback on this idea before I made a start and then went on to find a recipe.
This is the recipe I think I will use for my infographic assignment. Each of the steps has potential visually and at the end of the process also. I might add in an 8th step just saying something along the lines of “Enjoy with your favourite toppings!” therefore making the infographic more evenly balanced and also giving me an opportunity to show a finished -or a few finished pancakes.
The recipe is as follows:
“Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar
In a medium-size mixing bowl or large glass measuring cup, whisk together your dry ingredients (or follow directions for premade pancake mix).
Mix milk, eggs, and oil
In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients (milk, eggs, vegetable oil, or melted butter) until the egg is broken up (this will prevent overmixing in the next step).
Mix dry ingredients with wet ingredients
Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir them together until you stop seeing flour. Remember to not overmix, which makes the batter tough. Keep a few lumps in your batter to keep the pancakes tender.
Pre-heat the pan or skillet
Turn your stove to medium-high heat and place a large skillet or griddle on the burner. To test for temperature, sprinkle a few drops of water on the pan. It’s hot enough when the droplets bubble up and evaporate.
Add oil to pan
Moisten a paper towel with vegetable oil and use it to lightly wipe the bottom of the pan. This will keep the pancakes from sticking.
Pour the batter into the pan
For each pancake, gently pour 1/3 to 1/2 cup of batter into the pan, using a ladle or a measuring cup. Use a spoon to spread the batter into a circle. Add pancake fillings, like bananas or sliced peaches, in the circles of batter.
Flip the pancakes when the bubbles burst
Once bubbles begin to pop in the pancake’s center, it’s ready to be turned. Insert the entire spatula under the pancake’s middle. Lift the pancake quickly about an inch off the pan’s surface and flip it over. If you’re making pancakes for a large crowd, place them on a wire rack over a baking sheet (to prevent sogginess), and keep pancakes in the oven on low heat (approximately 200 degrees F to 225 degrees F) until you’re ready to serve.”
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 1/4 cups milk
3 tablespoons butter, melted or vegetable oil
Ingredients from: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/good-old-fashioned-pancakes/