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Variety Of Pancakes

Updated on July 8, 2011

Variety Of Pancakes

American pancakes laced with butter and syrup, spicy Mexican tortillas, tacos and enchiladas, delicious blini and blintzes from Eastern Europe are all featured here.

Pancakes are an important part cuisine all over the world. Easy to make, using basic ingredients and rudimentary cooking equipment, pancakes are used to extend expensive meat and fish, as a base for delicious desserts or simply as fillers for the lean times.

There are no common technique for these pancakes, each country has its own way of mixing and cooking. In countries where milk and butter are plentiful (such as United States, Holland and Demark), you will find rich pancakes. In poorer countries such as Mexico, you will find pancakes made with flour and water only; these are similar to a flat, unleavened bread but are cooked and eaten in the same way as a pancake.

Flour vary too. American pancakes are made with ordinary plain flour. Russian and Jewish pancakes use buckwheat flour, Mexican pancakes use cornmeal flour. Buckwheat and cornmeal flour can be found at specialist grocers.

Type Of Pancake

American Pancake

Smaller and thicker than English pancakes, American pancakes are made with quite a high proportion of butter, eggs and milk (or sometimes buttermilk). They are popular breakfast fare in the United States, often being served with bacon or fish or with butter and syrup. They also provide a good base for glorious ice-cream desserts.

Dutch Pancakes

As befitting a country famous for dairy products, Dutch pancakes are made with milk, very large (some times as big as 20cm diameter) and served with a variety of rich filling mixtures.

Dutch pancakes may be served flat when they are spread at the table with the chosen filling, rolled up and then eaten, or may be made into a cake called flensjes made by layering at least seven pancakes with a filling. Flensjes comes to the table whole and is cut into wedges by the diners. Filling for flensjes range from a thick cheese sauce mixed with ham, mushrooms or other available ingredients to fruit puree or a luxurious fruit jam.

Lefsar

Lefsar are Norwegian pancakes made using sour cream and baking powder. This gives them a puffy appearance. They are served with preserves or fruit spread on one side and rolled up.

Pandekager

Pandekager are Danish pancakes. Unlike other pancakes, beer is included in the batter. The Danes are very fond of pancakes and serve them wrapped around ice-cream or fruit and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. They are use as an accompaniment to coffee, rather like cake in other countries. They are made in the same way as Norwegian lefsar.

Blintzes

A blintz is a thin Jewish pancake which is first fried on one side, filled, wrapped up like an envelope and then fried again. The filling can be sweet or savory but if it is meat, then dairy products must not be used for making the pancake because of the Kosher laws of diet. If you are making meat blintzes, use water instead of milk for mixing the batter and oil rather than butter for frying.

Chremsel

Chremsel are Jewish pancakes made with matzo flour. This is a special kind of flour used in Jewish household during Passover. Chremsel are an important part of the Seder or Passover feast.

Blini

Blini are small thick pancakes made with a mixture of buckwheat and plain flour and raised with yeast. Eastern European in origin, they are served with melted butter, smoked or salted fish, soured cream and sometimes caviar. Blini are best eaten straight from the pan so they are good for table-top cooking over a spirit burner.

Torlillas

Tortillas come from Mexico and were a staple food there long before the Spaniards arrived. They are made with cornmeal flour and water and are traditionally baked on a clay girdle called a comal.

Tortillas may be served with a sauce such as spicy salsa crudo, guacamole or chili sauce or they may be stuffed with shredded chicken, chopped onions or other fillings when they are called tacos. Enchiladas are another form of stuffed tortilla.

Traditionally enchiladas are dipped into a spicy sauce before frying and are then stuffed. However you can reverse the procedure if you find this too messy!

Tortillas, tacos and enchiladas are all easy to make and will provide an exciting change. They are becoming increasingly popular in the southern United States.

Ataif

Ataif are the pancakes favored by Turks for high days and holidays. They are traditionally served after the Moslem festival of Ramadam and at weddings.

Ataif are raised with a minute quantity of yeast, just sufficient to make the pancakes slightly thicker than traditional English pancakes. They are 2 ways to serve ataif, either flat or stuffed. Flat ataif are always sweet. The cooked pancakes are soaked in syrup then served with a liberal topping of cream and nuts. Stuffed ataif are fried on one side only, filled with a sweet or savory mixture then fired again to crisp before serving. Ataif American pancakes laced with butter and syrup, spicy Mexican tortillas, tacos and enchiladas, delicious blini and blintzes from Eastern Europe are all featured here.

Pancakes are an important part cuisine all over the world. Easy to make, using basic ingredients and rudimentary cooking equipment, pancakes are used to extend expensive meat and fish, as a base for delicious desserts or simply as fillers for the lean times.

There are no common technique for these pancakes, each country has its own way of mixing and cooking. In countries where milk and butter are plentiful (such as United States, Holland and Demark), you will find rich pancakes. In poorer countries such as Mexico, you will find pancakes made with flour and water only; these are similar to a flat, unleavened bread but are cooked and eaten in the same way as a pancake.

Flour vary too. American pancakes are made with ordinary plain flour. Russian and Jewish pancakes use buckwheat flour, Mexican pancakes use cornmeal flour. Buckwheat and cornmeal flour can be found at specialist grocers.

Type Of Pancake

American Pancake

Smaller and thicker than English pancakes, American pancakes are made with quite a high proportion of butter, eggs and milk (or sometimes buttermilk). They are popular breakfast fare in the United States, often being served with bacon or fish or with butter and syrup. They also provide a good base for glorious ice-cream desserts.

Dutch Pancakes

As befitting a country famous for dairy products, Dutch pancakes are made with milk, very large (some times as big as 20cm diameter) and served with a variety of rich filling mixtures.

Dutch pancakes may be served flat when they are spread at the table with the chosen filling, rolled up and then eaten, or may be made into a cake called flensjes made by layering at least seven pancakes with a filling. Flensjes comes to the table whole and is cut into wedges by the diners. Filling for flensjes range from a thick cheese sauce mixed with ham, mushrooms or other available ingredients to fruit puree or a luxurious fruit jam.

Lefsar

Lefsar are Norwegian pancakes made using sour cream and baking powder. This gives them a puffy appearance. They are served with preserves or fruit spread on one side and rolled up.

Pandekager

Pandekager are Danish pancakes. Unlike other pancakes, beer is included in the batter. The Danes are very fond of pancakes and serve them wrapped around ice-cream or fruit and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. They are use as an accompaniment to coffee, rather like cake in other countries. They are made in the same way as Norwegian lefsar.

Blintzes

A blintz is a thin Jewish pancake which is first fried on one side, filled, wrapped up like an envelope and then fried again. The filling can be sweet or savory but if it is meat, then dairy products must not be used for making the pancake because of the Kosher laws of diet. If you are making meat blintzes, use water instead of milk for mixing the batter and oil rather than butter for frying.

Chremsel

Chremsel are Jewish pancakes made with matzo flour. This is a special kind of flour used in Jewish household during Passover. Chremsel are an important part of the Seder or Passover feast.

Blini

Blini are small thick pancakes made with a mixture of buckwheat and plain flour and raised with yeast. Eastern European in origin, they are served with melted butter, smoked or salted fish, soured cream and sometimes caviar. Blini are best eaten straight from the pan so they are good for table-top cooking over a spirit burner.

Torlillas

Tortillas come from Mexico and were a staple food there long before the Spaniards arrived. They are made with cornmeal flour and water and are traditionally baked on a clay girdle called a comal.

Tortillas may be served with a sauce such as spicy salsa crudo, guacamole or chili sauce or they may be stuffed with shredded chicken, chopped onions or other fillings when they are called tacos. Enchiladas are another form of stuffed tortilla.

Traditionally enchiladas are dipped into a spicy sauce before frying and are then stuffed. However you can reverse the procedure if you find this too messy!

Tortillas, tacos and enchiladas are all easy to make and will provide an exciting change. They are becoming increasingly popular in the southern United States.

Ataif

Ataif are the pancakes favored by Turks for high days and holidays. They are traditionally served after the Moslem festival of Ramadam and at weddings.

Ataif are raised with a minute quantity of yeast, just sufficient to make the pancakes slightly thicker than traditional English pancakes. They are 2 ways to serve ataif, either flat or stuffed. Flat ataif are always sweet. The cooked pancakes are soaked in syrup then served with a liberal topping of cream and nuts. Stuffed ataif are fried on one side only, filled with a sweet or savory mixture then fired again to crisp before serving. are small, so usually four are allowed for each portion, making a filling dish.

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    • alstonlimlh profile imageAUTHOR

      alstonlimlh 

      7 years ago from Malaysia

      you may visit http://a1cookbake-recipes.com for pancakes recipes. Thanks.

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      Alma Cabase 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      I really love pancakes! But I am not good in making one.

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      Carmen Beth 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for compiling all the types of pancakes into one hub. It's great to know about the lesser known ones.

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