Around The World In Six Pancakes!
Ladies and gentlemen, finally, after much anticipation the moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived to drizzle us in delight and whip us into a frenzy!
It’s time to dust off your glad-rags, choose your gem-studded pan and prepare for the event of the year, the day that unites us all in carby love and leaves us breathless and reaching for the maple syrup…
Yes, it’s Pancake day.
We know, it’s just too wonderful a thing to not talk about.
To celebrate this most spectacular of days, we’ve gathered a collection of pancakes from all around the world to show that no matter how you flip or fry, all pancakes (like all puppies) are a thing of beauty.
Alright, settle down people, we’ve got a lot to flip through.
Sri Lanka: Dosa
Ah ha! That caught you out didn’t it, you expected us to start off with the classic American pancake no doubt? Well all in good time my pancake pals!
The Dosa pancake is an exotic little number from Sri Lanka, somewhat crepe-like in appearance and typically made with black gram and rice. Served warm, it can be stuffed with potatoes, paneer, as well as a range of vegetables and you wouldn’t go far wrong by adding a little chutney either!
This classic Turkish pancake is created by rolling out Yufka dough and then brushing with egg and butter. It’s a common street-food attraction in Turkey, mainly because it’s so wonderfully diverse and can be enjoyed with a selection of fillings. One of the best fillings (in our humble opinion) is Yeşillik, mostly because it is a culinary adventure. It roughly translates to 'greenery' and means you’ll end up with a wonderful selection of veg, which could be anything from wild radish to chopped herbs. Either way, it makes a mean pancake!
Thailand: Khanom Buang
These delicious beauties are a firm favourite in Thailand and can be both sweet or savory. They look very much like a taco and indeed, have the same crispy crunch you’d expect. Their main components are rice flour and eggs and you can have a selection of fillings, including coconut cream and shredded coconut. Which as we can all agree sounds incredibly moreish and mouth-watering.
The French are well known for being creative cooks and their pancakes are just as delicious as you might expect from such a foodie culture. Socca (known as Farinata in Italy) is a thin, crepe-like pancake that was first created in Nice and is made from chickpea flour, water, and a little olive oil. The true Socca is a little crispy as you’ll know if you’ve ever had the pleasure of eating one as you peruse a French market, and the fillings are varied. From chocolate to meat to vegetarian this scrummy delight can carry it all with style and sumptuousness!
USA: Buttermilk Pancakes
Yes, we finally made it to the iconic American ‘stacked’ pancakes! These light and fluffy pancakes really do hark back to the ‘cake’ element of their title and have that classic spongy texture that all us pancake fans go wild for. Created from a base of flour, buttermilk, butter, and eggs, these pancakes traditionally come with bacon and maple syrup, though fruit, chocolate and yoghurt are all sure best too.
This hearty little pancake has much in common with the typical English pancake, there’s eggs, milk and plain flour going on in there. However, where our pancakes tend to be waifs, the Finnish ones are mighty and rather like a Yorkshire pudding in some respects. As with many pancake dishes, the accompanying ingredients are only limited by your imagination, but jam and fresh fruit tend to be familiar additions.
Now, this isn’t even close to the end of the pancake story, every culture has its own take on this cakey, pan-orientated joy and one day it’s a dream of ours to take a tour of the world and sample each and every one!
For now, it’s time for the classic English pancake, slim, understated and smothered in lemon and sugar.
All hail the cake of pan!
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