HomeBlogs Pancake A pancake is a thin, flat cake prepared from a batter and cooked on a
hot griddle or frying pan. Most pancakes are quick breads; some use a
yeast-raised or fermented batter. Most pancakes are cooked one side on a
griddle and flipped partway through to cook the other side. Depending
on the region, pancakes may be served at any time, with a variety of
toppings or fillings including jam, fruit, syrup or meat.
evidence suggests that varieties of pancakes are probably the earliest
and most widespread types of cereal food eaten in prehistoric societies
whereby dry carbohydrate-rich seed flours mixed with the available
protein-rich liquids, usually milk and eggs, were baked on hot stones or
in shallow earthenware pots over an open fire to form a nutritious and
highly palatable foodstuff.
In the medieval and modern Christian
period, especially in Britain, pancakes were made to use up store items
prior to the period of Lent fasting beginning on Shrovetide.
pancake's shape and structure varies worldwide. There are numerous
variations of them throughout Europe. A crêpe is a French variety of
thin pancake cooked on one or both sides in a special crepe pan to
achieve a network of fine bubbles often compared to lace - a savory
variety made from buckwheat is usually known as a galette. In Germany,
pancakes can be made from potatoes. In Italy they can be fried and
stuffed with ricotta and chocolate into what is known as a cannoli.