History of Pancakes

The history of the pancake traces back hundreds of years. That delicious breakfast you enjoy now was also enjoyed by people in medieval times. There are countless variations on the pancake that range from crepes, to Dutch, and flapjacks. Many of these depend on the region the pancake is being made, the history of that culture, and the ingredients available to them.The first official pancake recipe dates back to the sixteenth century. The recipe was by a Dutch cook. It was accompanied with numerous illustrations and instructions. Throughout the Medieval Age pancakes evolved into the closest resemblance of pancakes today. People started making them with cornmeal, flour, or even potatoes depending on what they had available to them. Many would also have an added fruit or other sweet ingredient for flavor.The pancakes of history were cooked using a baking stone. This is where the stone used to cook them is heated by a fire or stove and the batter is then cooked on the hot stone.

The Origin Of Pancakes

Pancakes have been around for centuries as a favorite staple in many cultures’ diets. They began over 30,000 years ago during the Stone Age. Researchers have found pancakes in the stomach of Otzi the Iceman, human remains dating back 5,300 years.In ancient Greece and Rome, pancakes were made from wheat flour, olive oil, honey, and curdled milk. Ancient Greek poets, Cratinus and Magnes wrote about pancakes in their poetry. Shakespeare even mentions them in his famous plays. During the English Renaissance pancakes were flavored with spices, rosewater, sherry, and apples.The name “pancake” started during the 15th century but became standard in 19th century America. Perviously, they were called indian cakes, hoe cakes, johnnycakes, journey cakes, buckwheat cakes, buckwheats, griddle cakes, and flapjacks. Early American pancakes were made with buckwheat or cornmeal. Thomas Jefferson loved them so much he sent a special recipe to his home town from the White House.

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