Everyone loves a pile of fluffy, soft, and sweet pancakes. They have a variety of toppings such as glaze, syrups, fruits, butter, etc. All over the world, pancakes are a breakfast necessity with maple syrup and eggs. Explore the history behind these pancakes that date back to thousands of years ago.
What is a pancake?
A pancake is a flat, thin, and round cake done on a flat top or a nonstick skillet. Pancakes contain eggs, milk, butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, and spices. Sometimes a read-made mix is useful by just adding water or milk.
They are call pancakes because they cook in a pan, and they are small cakes. Cakes originated from pancakes that were around for ages and centuries. It was the only known cake that started outdoors on cast iron skillets. As the time got modernized, the recipe drifted from just using flour, oil, milk, and honey. Now artificial spices and flavorings are available, buttermilk, eggs, chocolate, fruits, and other ingredients are in the recipes.
Pancakes date back to 30,000 years in the Stone Ages. In Ancient Greece and Rome, pancakes consisted of wheat flour, olive oil, honey, and curdled milk. The first pancake is known as Alita Dlocia, which in Latin means “another sweet” by Romans in the 1st century AD. Using heated rocks was the method of cooking them. They are associated with the Christian lent. Making the pancakes was a way of using up eggs, fats, and various other ingredients which were not permitted during the period. Variations of pancakes are crepes, flapjacks, and waffles. Different countries have their twist of pancakes. In France, they are crepes. The Australians eat them as dessert instead of breakfast, The Germans eat them as a side dish with soup, and Swedish persons fry or bake them and top them with fruits or whipped cream.
When is it eaten?
They are the perfect meal for breakfast. Around the world, it is enjoyed for lunch and dinner too.
What pairs well with it?
Pancakes pair with many toppings such as melted chocolate, fruits, fruit glaze, syrups, whipped cream, bacon, eggs, popcorn chicken, and just about anything you want to eat it with for breakfast.
How do the main ingredients work?
Milk gives you a tender and soft pancake that is not too dry and hard.
Baking powder helps the batter to rise and create air bubbles to expand the gases. This ingredient gives you a light, tender cake.
Cinnamon adds flavor and aids in the physical appearance of the pancake.
How is it done?
In a small bowl, stir the butter, cinnamon, and sugar, then add the mixture into a ziplock bag.
Using a small saucepan on low heat, add butter for it to melt. Remove the butter from the heat and whisk in the cream cheese, sifted icing sugar, and vanilla and set aside.
In preparing the pancake, you will combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Over medium heat, spray a nonstick skillet with food release spray and add a scoop or 1/3 cup of batter into the pot. Spread the batter to about 4 inches in diameter. Pinch one end of the ziplock bag with the cinnamon filling and squeeze in a spiral motion on the pancake. Allow bubbles to start forming before flipping the pancake. Cook on both sides for 2 to 3 minutes.
Drizzle the cream cheese glaze on the cake and enjoy.
Why should you make it?
The cinnamon in the recipe has medicinal properties and is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances. Cinnamon helps to lower blood sugar and also has anti-diabetic effects.
Pancakes are easy to prepare in the morning for a filling breakfast when in a hurry. You can eat them with any breakfast items like eggs and bacon, a cup of tea, or by adding a drizzle of honey or maple syrup for a boost of morning energy.
Stone Age is a period in ancient times when stones were the only available material to make tools.
Crepes are a thinner version of pancakes.
Christian Lent is a religious observance that begins on Ash Wednesday in February and ends on the night before Easter Sunday. During the period, the Christians went on a type of fasting and could not consume meat.
Question and Answer
Question Why wait until bubbles start to form?
Answer The bubbles appearing on top means the pancake is ready to flip, and the edges will already set. So when you turn them, they won’t be too runny and make a mess.
Question Could buttermilk substitute the milk?
Answer Yes, buttermilk adds more acid and will make the pancakes softer with a fluffy texture.
These fluffy homemade pancakes, I would say are trending ever since time began. It makes me happy to know that, with just about any recipe out there, you can add your little twist. This recipe is the base for any flavorful pancakes. Substitute the chocolate for some chopped fresh berries and other ingredients. Enjoy this recipe with your family. They will love you for it.
- Pancake Ingredients
- 1cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- Cream cheese glaze ingredients
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2oz cream cheese
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Cinnamon Filling ingredients
- 1/2 tbsp Cinnamon powder
- 1/2 stick melted unsalted butter
- 6 tbsp brown cane sugar
- Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, milk, egg, and vegetable oil in a medium-size mixing bowl and mix until all the ingredients are incorporated.
Cream Cheese Glaze
- Over low heat, melt the butter, then remove from heat and whisk in the cream cheese. When it is almost smooth, sift in the icing sugar and vanilla extract; then set aside.
- Mix the melted butter, cinnamon powder, and sugar in a small mixing bowl. Place the filling in a ziplock bag and set it aside.
Instructions for cooking the pancakes
- You will need a nonstick frying pan for the pancakes.
- Grease the pan with a nonstick spray and or 1/3 cup of the pancake batter in the pot over medium-low heat
- Spread the batter in the pot with a spoon to about 4 inches.
- Cut one corner of the ziplock bag with a knife and squeeze the filling on the pancake in a spiral motion when bubbles start to form on top.
- After about 2 to 3 mins, flip the pancake and cook on low heat. Allow the bubbles to form before you begin to turn the pancake.
- Wipe the pot with a sheet of paper towel and cook the remaining batter.
- If the glaze is not too thick, drizzle on the pancakes and enjoy. You may reheat the glaze before drizzling if needed.