Pancakes, not Money, Make the World Go Round!


Since we can all agree that pancakes really do make the world go round, why not have a look around some of the best pancake recipes from around the world. Anything from sweet to savory, from thin to fluffy, from regular to unusual… the best recipes are here. You can find easy to prepare recipes on MyGreatRecipes and for what it’s worth, I won’t bother you with the good old American pancakes, we all know them and we all love them! Find more pancake recipes in the – Best American Pancake Recipes – Quick, Easy and Delicious | MyGreatRecipes.

Russian Pancakes

PancakesThe Russian pancake, a blini (or bliny) is a thin pancake, made from buckwheat flour. This crepe-like hotcake is served with butter, honey, jam, sour cream or even caviar.

Except for the flour, all the other ingredients are similar to those we use for the American pancakes. The difference is in their thickness i.e. these are slightly thinner. The batter for the blinis might also contain grated potato, grated apples, and raisins.

A fun fact is that these were considered to be a symbol of the sun, in pre-Christian times. The reason being their round form.

This tradition has made its way to modern times, and is celebrated as Maslenitsa, also called “pancake week”. Blinis were also served at wakes to commemorate the recently deceased.

Greek Pancakes

pancakesThe Greek pancakes are called tiganites. They can be sweet or savory but one thing is for sure: they are delicious! Since thy are all pancake recipes, again the ingredients they call for, at least for the base, are pretty much the same. The difference here, is that instead of milk, tiganites call for water. This is why they are oftentimes confused by many people with bread.

And again, tiganites are tightly connected with a Christian tradition. The “tiganites tou Aghiou” are served on the island of Corfu (Kerkyra) each December 12, to honor St. Spyridon. In fact, the very name means “the Saint’s Pancakes”.

Sweet versionà the sweet tiganites are usually served with honey, walnuts. and toasted sesame seeds.

Savory versionà the savory tiganites are great with sweet white onions and a bit of fresh mint.

German Pancake Recipe

PancakesThe German Pancake, or more famous as a Dutch baby is a puffed dessert that is incredibly delicious. Yes, the name Dutch implies that they must come from the Netherlands, but this certainly isn’t the case. To make things funnier, the name of these GERMAN pancakes that got stacked with the Americans is the result of a mispronunciation of their original name “Deutsch” which means “German”.

Dutch or German, the important thing is they are delicious. And they, too, have a sweet and savory counterpart.

Sweet versionà You can add whichever toppings you want, fruits, maple syrup, powdered sugar, jam, or even add a gallop of peanut butter… literally, anything you can think of.

Savory versionà There is also a savory version with toppings like cilantro, shredded chicken, and cheese. But never be afraid of a little experimenting!

There are also the Japanese flapjacks, Okonomiyaki, the Chinese hotcakes Cong You Bing, (you can find the recipes for them among the collection of the Best American Pancake Recipes – Quick, Easy and Delicious) and the small Swedish pancakes called plättar are also worth giving a go at. Happy pancaking!

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