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24 Pancakes From Around The World

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Every country has a pancake: The flattened sweet or savory cake of various thickness, fillings, and toppings, bound in union with a batter (some sort of ground grain, egg, and milk/water). After being cooked in a pan they arrive on your plate to fulfill their glorious life purpose as the worldwide ultimate comfort food.


1. US & Canada: Buttermilk Pancakes

These classic pancakes are often eaten for breakfast with butter and syrup (pure maple if Canadian, of course). The secret weapon to its signature thick and fluffy texture: baking powder. Mixed into the batter with eggs, buttermilk, sugar, and flour, baking powder allows the pancakes to rise into circular beds of heaven. Get the recipe.

2. Austria: Kaiserschmarrn

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It's fluffy pieces of caramelized pancake named after the Kaiser Franz Joseph I of Austria (1830-1916) who REALLY loved it. You can eat it with nuts, raisins, apples and other sweet ingredients. Get the recipe.

4. China: cong you bing or Scallion Pancakes

Pan-fried pancakes — typically made from dough, not batter — that are divinely chewy, flaky, and savory. Often served with a dipping sauce made from soy sauce. Get the recipe.

5. Eastern Europe: Blini or Blintz

Blini or blintz are thin pancakes common in many Eastern European countries. They're thicker than French crêpes, made with wheat or buckwheat flour and yeast, and filled with sweet or savory stuffing. These are Cheese Blintz Hot Cakes by Rachael Ray. Get the recipe.


6. England: Pancakes with Sugar and Lemon

Thin pancakes made with plain flour, eggs, and milk. Traditionally topped with lemon juice and sugar. Like North American pancakes, Brits drizzle it with golden syrup, or like European pancakes, wrap them around savory fillings and eat it as a main course. This traditional recipe is by Kate Tait. Get the recipe.

7. Finland: Pannukakku

Baked in a rectangle or circular pan to a golden, puffy perfection. Then you can cut it up into single-serving slices and top with powdered sugar, cream, fruit, and other sweet fixings. Get the recipe.

8. France: Crêpes

Thin, large pancakes that are flipped and cooked on both sides, then folded over sweet fillings like chocolate and fruit, or savory cheeses and sautéed vegetables. The batter is simple, made with flour, sugar, egg, and milk. This recipe is Warm Crepes with Hazelnut Brown Butter. Get the recipe.


13. Japan: Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki, savory pancakes, comes from the word okonomi meaning "What you want" and "Yaki" meaning grilled. It's made with flour, egg, cabbage and a choice of whatever endless ingredients you want. Get the recipe.

15. Malaysia: Apam Balik

Apam Balik meaning Turnover or Folded Pancakes are usually made with a rice flour blend, then stuffed with a sweet peanut filling. I love how they're usually presented standing upright. Get the recipe.


21. South Africa: Pannekoeke

South Africans also enjoy crepe-like pancakes. This recipe, takes a twist on the traditional crepe by using the filling of another traditional South African recipe, Milk Tart—the cinnamon custard with a spiced crumble. Get the recipe.

23. Poland: Naleśniki

Naleśniki are the Polish verison of the common Eastern European Bilini or blintz rolled and filled with sweet or savory cheese. This is the Cheese Blintz by Smitten Kitchen. Get the recipe.


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