Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes
From ancient times to modern day, nothing beats a plate of hot pancakes for breakfast.
Homemade buttermilk pancakes are just a few flips away using common pantry ingredients.
How Did Pancakes Come to Be?
Believe it or not, pancakes, have a long and rich history.
This is testified to through the belly of Otzi the Iceman.
Otzi was a remarkably preserved mummy, estimated to be 5,300 years old when he was discovered in the Alps in 1991.
When scientists examined his body they found evidence leading them to believe that pancakes had been one of these last meals in 3300 BC.
History also tells us that Ancient Greeks made pancakes and it’s said the 5th Century Greek poets Cratinus and Magnes both agreed that pancakes were a delicious breakfast item.
Fast forward several centuries and we find the first printed pancake recipe in a European cookbook from the 15th century.
Flapjack Fun Facts
Because of their simplicity and versatility, almost every culture and cuisine includes some sort of pancake – a round, thin, cake-like food usually cooked by pouring batter on a griddle.
France is known for its desert-style Crepes.
Ethiopians eat Inerja. It’s a sourdough-type flatbread with a spongy texture used to scoop up hearty stews and vegetables.
In pre-Christian times, East Slavic peoples ate blinis which were thought to be a symbol of the sun. The custom of eating blinis continues in Russia today with caviar and sour cream a traditional topping.
Countries all over the world have adopted this delicious and simply prepared food into their cuisine in all sorts of ways.
While Americans party with Mardi Gras celebrations on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday and the commencement of Lent, our friends in the United Kingdom across the pond eat pancakes.
On this day, called Shrove Tuesday, more than 117 million pancakes are consumed.
This delicious custom began as a way to use up food items traditionally given up during Lent.
Keep it Simple
And for us today here’s the truth about pancakes: There’s no celebration needed. Enjoy these simple, delicious breakfast cakes any day of the week.
Try my super simple homemade buttermilk pancake recipe. Within minutes you can be enjoying these warm tender cakes with melted butter and a splash of maple syrup.