Added by rubbishcook | Wed 02 Mar 2011 @ 17:25
A fractal is a beautiful web-like pattern. It is possible to use Golden Syrup to create a fractal pattern allowing for spectacular table theatre. When colouring is dropped incrementally into a dish of Lyle’s Golden Syrup it blossoms into a regular fractal pattern that can then be served on the pancakes to amazed diners.
• Lyle’s Golden Syrup
• Red or blue food colouring
• A pipette or dropper (available from most chemists)
1. Adjust your Lyle’s Golden Syrup by adding 1 part water for 30 parts LGS. Add it slowly. The Golden Syrup should not become runny. Tipping the bowl will not spill the syrup. Conversely, enough water should be added that the syrup is stirrable and does not ball up.
2. Mix 10 drops red food colouring with 4 drops water. For blue food colouring mix 10 drops food colouring to 2 drops water.
3. Spread a thin layer of Lyle’s Golden Syrup mixture on a flat plate, an even and smooth layer is better, using the back of a spoon.
4. Run an extremely hot wet knife through the plate of syrup in a star shape from the centre outwards.
5. Take a dropper or \"pipette\" of colouring solution, place a small drop in the centre of the syrup. Allow to spread, explaining to the eaters that it’s a fractal pattern. You can also make a pattern by making small swirls on the syrup and adding different colours.
6. Once the dispersion slows, scrape the Golden Syrup from the plate and quickly serve on a pre-prepared pancake.
Trouble shooting tips!
• If food colouring doesn’t spread and stays as a globule: Add more water to food colouring (1-2 more drops).
• If no fractal pattern appears and colouring diffuses out: Add less water to food colouring.
• If syrup is uneven and hard to spread: Add more water or warm the syrup slightly.
• If syrup spreads very easily and colouring does not form fractal pattern: Add less water, or cool syrup in fridge.
Visit http://www.lylesgoldensyrup.com/ for more pancake recipes and tricks and to learn more about the magic of Lyle’s Golden Syrup