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14 Pancakes That Prove They're Not Just For Breakfast Anymore

Craving late-night pancakes? Look no further than Holiday Inn Express!

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1. Injera in Ethiopia

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Who says pancakes aren't finger food? This African flatbread doubles as a utensil and is usually paired with meats and veggies.

🍴 Best dinner! Pro tip: Ethiopian food tastes better when you eat it with your hands.

2. Dutch Babies in Germany

Dutch babies (sometimes referred to as German pancakes) are a light and fluffy treat. They're traditionally baked in a cast-iron skillet and served with powdered sugar and lemons. That said, nobody's going to stop you from adding apples, berries, or syrup.

🍴 Best enjoyed...for brunch! Wear stretchy pants and maybe block out room in your schedule for a nap after your sugar-rush crash.

3. Kartoffelpuffer in Austria

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It's gotta be good if it's fried, right? These potato pancakes can be served up in a variety of ways. Savory lovers can add sour cream or cottage cheese, while sweet tooths might prefer applesauce or sugar on top.

🍴 Best a snack at an outdoor market or a cold-weather festival!

4. Aebleskiver in Denmark

These Danish treats, also known as "appleskives," are famous for their signature spherical shape. They are most commonly served with sugar or jam and taste like a cross between a pancake and a doughnut. Are you drooling yet?

🍴 Best enjoyed...first thing in the morning (or basically any time they're around...).

5. Farinata in Italy

Farinata is essentially a dinner crepe made of chickpea flour instead of wheat batter. Traditionally, this thin, pizza-like pancake is cut into small triangular pieces and seasoned with salt and pepper.

🍴 Best a family-style appetizer. And you should get two or three, trust us.

6. Martabak in Indonesia

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Martabak comes from the Arabic word mutabbaq, which means "folded." This pan-fried or stuffed pancake is one of the most popular street foods in Indonesia.

🍴 Best dinner or dessert, because martabak does whatever martabak wants!

7. Sweet Roti in Thailand

Sweet roti is paper-thin, pan-fried bread topped with condensed milk, cheese, fruit, or chocolate. This popular Thai snack is actually surprisingly difficult to master though, so don't expect to make it at home any time soon.

🍴 Best a midday treat! Who says you can't have dessert before dinner?

8. Jianbing in China

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This crispy bread is China's version of a savory crepe. Like customizing your morning bagel, jianbing can be made with a variety of ingredients to fit everyone's personal preferences.

🍴 Best an easy, casual lunch!

9. Arepas in Colombia

This maize-based flatbread is eaten on the daily in countries like Venezuela and Colombia. They can be served alone, dipped in condiments, stuffed with veggies and cheeses, or split in half and used as sandwich bread. The options are limitless with these little corn pockets!

🍴 Best enjoyed...early in the morning with eggs and sausage!

10. Dosas in India

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Dosas are flat, fermented crepes made of lentil and rice flour. Even better, they're eaten for breakfast and dinner. What more could you want?

🍴 Best enjoyed...~literally~ any time. If you're awake, eat some dosas.

11. Poffertjes in Holland

It's said that poffertjes were created by the Dutch in the 1700s and were considered a "poor man's meal." Nowadays, these fluffy pancakes are eaten by many and are a staple during winter months.

🍴 Best enjoyed...for breakfast, especially around the holiday season.

13. Okonomiyaki in Japan

Okonomiyaki stems from the word okonomi, which translates to "to one's liking." This dish is predominantly made of flour, egg, and shredded cabbage, but some restaurants will provide other raw ingredients and let you grill it up at the table.

🍴 Best enjoyed...for dinner. The best dinner of your life.

14. Pikelets in Scotland

This may look like a regular ol' flapjack, but the texture is sure to throw you for a loop. Pikelets are thicker and heavier than American pancakes because they're made with yeast rather than baking powder.

🍴 Best enjoyed...throughout the day! We can thank the Australians, New Zealanders, and Scots for eating them as snacks, not just at breakfast!

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Breakfast isn't just for early birds anymore! Enjoy pancakes from 8 p.m. to midnight — and in a minute flat, courtesy of our pancake machine — at Holiday Inn Express!