Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A pancake is...

A pancake is a thin, flat, round cake prepared from a batter and cooked on a hot griddle or frying pan. In Britain it is made without a raising agent, and is similar to a crêpe.
In America, a raising agent is used typically a baking powder. 
The American pancake is similar to a Scotch pancake or drop scone.
They may be served at any time with a variety of toppings or fillings including jam, fruit, syrup, chocolate chips, or meat.
In America, they are typically considered to be a breakfast food.
In Germany, pancakes are often made from potatoes.
English pancakes have three key ingredients: plain flour, eggs, and milk. The batter is runny and forms a thin layer on the bottom of the frying pan when the pan is tilted.
A Crêpe is a type of very thin pancake, usually made from wheat flour or buckwheat flour. A Waffle is a batter-based or dough-based cake cooked in a waffle iron patterned to give a characteristic size, shape and surface impression.
There are many variations based on the type of iron and recipe used.
American, Canadian and Mexican pancakes sometimes called hotcakes, griddlecakes, or flapjacks are pancakes that contain a raising agent such as baking powder; proportions of eggs, flour, and milk or buttermilk create a thick batter. Sugar and spices such as cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg are sometimes added.
The pancakes can be made sweet or savory by adding ingredients such as blueberries, strawberries, cheese, bananas, apples or chocolate chips to the batter.
In India, the pooda sometimes called Cheela is a pancake. They can be made either sweet or salty and are of different thicknesses in different places. They are made in a frying pan or on tava.
Dosa, Appam, Neer dosa and Uttapam could be said to be other Indian pancakes. 

They are prepared by fermenting rice batter and split skinned urad bean.
What Punjabis call a meetha pooda are a common breakfast food item in the Punjab.
In the Philippines, pancakes or "hotcakes" are also served with syrup maple or imitation corn syrup also along with margarine and sugar or condensed milk. 

They are served for breakfast.
In Australia and New Zealand, small pancakes known as pikelets are eaten.

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