My Question What grade of ﬂour is thebest to make pikelets with? To measure this I will be testing for Taste, Shape, Lightness.
Hypothesis• I chose this question because I love cooking. There are lots of different types of ﬂour to choose from at the supermarket. Flour is graded and the manufacturers recommend that you use Plain ﬂour or Self Raising ﬂour to make pikelets. These ﬂours have less gluten The grade of ﬂour depends on the amount of Gluten. Gluten means glue and makes mixtures stick together and hold shape
Method• I will be baking 4 batches of pikelets using 4 types of ﬂour.I will test it by letting some people taste them. The only thing I will change is the type of Flour grade. The brand I will use is Pams it is the cheapest, but I am using Champion brand for the whole meal because Pam’s don’t offer whole meal ﬂour• To make the test Fair I will:• Measure the ingredients carefully. Use the same quantities of all the ingredients No added baking powder to the self raising ﬂour because it already has raising ingredients in it• Same time to cook each one
Record-result• My observations on each type of pikelet:• High grade - Chewy Colour- browny- yellow Shape- even round• Plain Four - chewy Colour- browny not as good shape as others• Whole meal - Gritty and not soft Colour very brown• Self Raising - Fluffy, thicker when cooked, and rose higher than all the others, tasted best and was not chewy or tough Colour Yellowish• Note - Self raising ﬂour is more expensive than the other ﬂours. Plain ﬂour is the cheapest CLASS SURVEY Taste• The class rated the piklet made with the self raising ﬂour the tastiest. and the best• Reasons given when asked why?• It was softer and not chewy like the others
Test Result High Grade Plain Self raising Whole MealJesse 4 3 4 3 Joel 4 3 5 5Chris 3 5 4 4Zoe B 4 4 5 3Zoe T 4 4 5 3 Sally 4 4 4 3Grace 4 3 4 3Maddy 5 2 3 1Catlin 4 2 5 1Mrs B 3 3 5 4Mum 2 3 5 3 Dad 1 4 5 3Total 42 40 54 36
Weight of cooked Pikelet Test I weighed each type when cooked to test lightness• Whole Meal: 20g 1tbsp MIXTURE for each piklet• Self Raising: 20g• Plain: 18g• High Grade: 19g• I noticed there was not much difference
Conclusion• You can make pikelets using any kind of ﬂour BUT you get different looking piklets both in colour and shape and they can have different softness - texture.• Taste is similar if you use Self raising or Plain grade ﬂour but texture and the ﬂufﬁness of the self raising pikelet was the best.• Plain ﬂour gives you a lighter pikelet• This may be because the ingredients in the Self raising ﬂour were different to the others it had a raising agent in it with wheat ﬂour and baking powder was not added to it.
Future action• I would recommend that people use Self Raising Four to make pikelets• I would try making the pikelets with more Baking powder added if using plain ﬂower or high grade ﬂour. Will this make them lighter, thicker and less chewy?• Will cooking them with different heats and different times make a difference?• Try the Pikelet Pre Mix and see if it is better than the Self Raising Flour• Try the more expensive brands and see if they make better pikelets.