It’s my favourite day of the year! Tell me you’re planning on consuming as many pancakes as I am this evening? For me, there’s nothing better than a traditional lemon and sugar topping. But did you realise there are so many different ways of eating pancakes around the world? If you’re looking for a way to break from the norm when tossing your pancakes this year, here are just some of the most popular pancakes from around the world.
1) Australia – Pikelets
I’ve always laughed at my step-mum calling crumpets ‘pikelets’, but now I’ve learnt that these are what they call pancakes in Australia. They’re much smaller and thicker than our traditional ones, a bit like the Scotch ones we can buy at the supermarket, and they’re popular as a snack or with afternoon tea.
2) England – Lemon and sugar pancakes
I’ve already mentioned it above, but as much as we might like adding Nutella, syrup and all other kinds of sweet toppings to our flour, eggs and milk-made pancakes; it’s lemon and sugar that’s the original and most popular English accompaniment.
3) France – Crêpes
Thinner and larger than the English ones we’re used to; the French like to cook their crêpes on both sides, fold them over and then fill them with either sweet or savoury fillings. How about bananas and chocolate?
4) Ireland – Boxty
These can either be filled with meat or served as a wrap, a bit like a tortilla. They’re made with mashed potato, grated raw potato, flour, baking soda, buttermilk and egg. They’re then cooked on both sides to get a nice, crisp finish.
5) North America – Buttermilk pancakes
It’s easy to see why our neighbours over the pond can eat these for breakfast every day; they’re incredibly moreish! Made fluffier than our pancakes by adding baking powder, they’re often served in a stack with maple syrup. Just add some bacon to the mix to make it a bit more savoury.
6) Sweden – Raggmunk
Similar to the Irish boxty pancake, the Swedish raggmunk is also made with potato. But these ones are a bit thinner and then fried in butter. They’re served with fried pork and topped off with traditional Swedish lingonberries for a sweet twist.
7) Vietnam – Banh Xeo
These Asian pancake delicacies are made in Vietnam with coconut oil and rice flower, giving them a crispy texture. They’re often filled with pork, seafood and vegetables such as bean sprouts, then served with a fish sauce on the side.
8) Austria – Kaiserschmarrn
These are mouth-watering and fluffy caramelised pancakes, which you can serve in pieces with nuts, apples, raisins and other sweet treats. They’re named after the Kaiser Franz Joseph I, who was a particular fan of them.
9) Italy – Crespelle
These pancakes are quite similar to French crêpes, but made with chestnut flour instead of all wheat. In Italy, they’re traditionally a savoury treat, rolled up with cured meat, vegetables and cheese as the fillings.
10) Turkey – Gözleme
A firm favourite of mine, gözleme is a savoury dish made in Turkey, which is like a posh hybrid of a pancake and a flatbread. It makes for an absolutely delicious snack or lunch, with savoury fillings such as meat and potatoes or feta and spinach.