Almost everybody likes pancakes, especially homemade pancakes, and homemade pancakes are usually eaten during the start of the day, or even during brunch or eaten as a desert. Most people prefer the homemade pancakes over the store-bought pancakes simply because of its sentimental value. However, not many homemade pancake lovers know the origin of pancakes. It is said that pancakes were first made and created by the ancient people of an unknown civilisation a few hundred or thousands of years ago. But the pancakes that the ancient people made and ate weren’t the same or look like the pancakes that we’re eating in today’s modern times. The ancient pancakes are a little different from the modern pancakes.
The name of the ancient pancake is ‘Alita Dolcia’, which is a Latin name, and if translated will mean something like ‘another sweet’. The ancient pancakes were surprisingly quiet simple and hassle-free in terms of its ingredients and the cooking process. Among the main ingredients most often used for the ancient pancakes include spices, milk, flour, and fried concoctions of eggs. The ancient pancakes can either be omelettes, custard, pancakes, or fritters. Some of the pancakes can be savoury and was served with fish, meat, vegetables, or cheese while some may be sweet with added honey, nuts, or fruits.
The homemade pancakes are not that much different when it comes to the ingredients and the taste of the pancakes. The pancakes that we eat today were invented during the medieval times in Europe, and 1430 years after the medieval Europe, some old English culinary manuscript named the food as ‘pancake’, although it wasn’t really properly recorded in the history of printed cookbooks. Most basic modern pancakes are made from flour, water, milk, batter of eggs, and some sprinkles of honey or spices. For the good old fashioned homemade pancakes, follow this recipe:
Good ‘Ol Fashioned Basic Pancakes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Ready In: 20 minutes
Recipe Yields: 8 servings
Ingredients: 190g all-purpose flour
10g baking powder
45g melted butter
10g white sugar
Amount per serving: Calories: 58
Total fat: 5.9 gram
Mix and sift together all of the measured sugar, salt, baking powder, and flour in a big bowl. Make a well in the centre of the mixture and pour in the measured melted butter, egg, and milk. Mix them well and evenly until the mixture becomes smooth and frothy-looking.
Heat the frying pan or a griddle that has been lightly oiled over medium high heat. Scoop or pour in the batter onto the frying pan/ griddle by using at least ¼ cup for every piece of pancake. Cook until the both sides of the pancake turn brown. Serve the pancakes hot.
To add some flavouring to your basic pancakes, add some vanilla essence or any other flavours that you like to the batter before cooking them.
Serve the pancakes while they’re still hot with whipped cream, chopped fruits or nuts, or sprinkle some chocolate chips on the cooked pancakes.