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Asda’s ‘fastest flipper’ tells us how to make and flip the perfect pancake

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Asda’s ‘fastest flipper’ tells us how to make and flip the perfect pancake

There's no denying that creating and flipping the perfect pancake is a culinary skill. It’s a skill that only an esteemed few possess.

"The secret to flipping the perfect pancake is patience, a non-stick frying pan and a quick flick of the wrist."

The technique is one that many of us will never master - and it's because of the fear of a potential #pancakefail that some of us won't dare go near a pancake flipping pan.

So with Pancake Day coming up on 28th February, who can we turn to when we're in need of making and flipping the most perfect pancake?

Enter, Asda’s expert pancake flipper extraordinaire, Shivaun Smalley, who’ll be putting on two live 90-minute pancake demonstrations on Monday 27th February at Asda's Pilsworth store.

And don't panic if you can't head down there, as you'll be able to sit back and watch the magic unfold on Asda's Facebook channel where the demonstration will be live streamed. 

The 45-year-old professional flipper, who has made more than 2 million pucker pancakes over the past four years since she has worked in the bakery at the Pilsworth store, will show us who's the boss when it comes to pancakes. 

Not many people can say they make 28 pancakes at one time and do so in six minutes flat, can they? Flipping amazing.

And if you thought that was impressive, that equates to Shivaun making a whopping 22.4kg of pancakes in an hour and 179.2kg of pancakes in one working day!

From white chocolate to lemon and fruit, it seems that when it comes to the epitome of pancake perfection - Shivaun is the lady to turn to.

So what makes the perfect pancake? 

The Heywood resident, who'll be tucking into classic fluffy pancakes with lots of sugar and lemon come Pancake Day, said: “For an American-style pancake to be perfect it must have that inviting golden brown colour, be 7 inches in diameter and 1-inch-thick, with 10 chocolate chips evenly spread across the pancake. 

"Try using a 7inch non-stick frying pan and sprinkle the chocolate chips onto the batter just after it’s been poured into the pan, rather than mixing in beforehand.

"This will give you that lovely even distribution to ensure a taste of delicious chocolate with every bite. Then, fry for just one minute on each side for a beautiful golden hue.” 

What's the secret to flipping a pancake? 

Shivaun said: “The secret to flipping the perfect pancake is patience, a non-stick frying pan and a quick flick of the wrist. 

"As they say, practice makes perfect, and it took a fair bit of trial and error to perfect my craft - I once threw a pancake so high it stuck to the ceiling!”

Shivaun was a nail technician prior to her pancake flipping days, and it was her son, a previous Asda Pilsworth employee, who suggested she apply for the role. And thank goodness he did!

She took to the hot plate like a natural, making not only pancakes but potato cakes, loaf cake, macaroons and muffins as well.

Love pancakes? Make sure you stock up on our delicious range of pancakes this Shrove Tuesday. And for the best free-from pancake recipes click here.