Pancakes from around the world

Today is Pancake Day so to stretch your gastronomic horizons and give you sleepyheads something new to try, we’ve explored the culinary world of the pancake to find out how much they vary from country to country.

Before we get started though, let’s take a moment to mention mattress flipping. Why? Well, just like a pancake, your mattress will spoil if you don’t flip it, so here are some of Mattressman’s favourite tips for keeping yours tip-top:

  • Unless your mattress is single sided or the manufacturer specifically states how often to flip and rotate your model, doing so every month should keep your mattress in good condition
  • Flip and rotate your mattress more often if it starts to dip or sag
  • Remove any breakable items from your nightstand before attempting to flip and rotate your mattress.

Right, with that out of the way, let’s learn more about the humble pancake and get inspired!

French crêpes – these are pretty well known in the UK and come from our cousins across the Channel. They’re thinner than our English pancakes and are served with either sweet or savoury toppings.

Scotch pancakes – these pancakes, also known as drop scones, are similar to American-style pancakes and are often served with jam or cream.

Indonesian serabi – eaten throughout Southeast Asia, these unique-looking pancakes are made from rice flour, coconut milk and the juice of the pandan leaf, giving them their distinctive green hue. They are mostly eaten sweet but are occasionally paired with meat or cheese.

Russian blinis – these yeasted pancakes are traditionally made from buckwheat and served as an appetiser with caviar.

Irish boxty – boxtys are made with egg, flour, butter and potato, so they’re somewhere between a pancake and a hash brown. They are traditionally served as a savoury snack or as part of a meal.

Dutch baby pancakes – we know that these pancakes sound sadistic, but don’t worry. Dutch babies are not an ingredient! These surprisingly large desserts are baked in cast-iron pans and are similar to Yorkshire puddings. You can find out more about their unusual moniker here.

That was our tour of the world’s favourite fluffy food. Are there any pancakes that we forgot? Let us know in the comment section below.

Sleep well!

James Murray

James Murray

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