Hotcakes, flapjacks, or pancakes, no matter what you call them, they’re a delicious part of the breakfast routine. Happy National Pancake Day everyone!
How about a little history? The earliest recordings of pancakes came from the 5th century B.C. in Greece. Go figure, they do everything first! The pancakes that they made were called Tagenites and were made with wheat flour, olive oil, honey and curdled milk. Nowadays, there are many different kinds of pancakes. Some are sweet and others are savoury. You can make them with a rising agent to have fluffy and thick pancakes, or you can make them without and have thin crêpe-style ones – they’re great for filling!
Pancakes are so fantastic that there are clubs and celebrations! You have pancake suppers and fund raisers, there is even Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Tuesday, where it is said that back in olden days the people would make pancakes to use up all of the fatty foods before Lent. Now don’t get National Pancake Day confused with Pancake Tuesday. One of the key differences is that today happens to be a Thursday, and there is no giving up of anything after eating these. Well you may give up on fitting into your pants for the night, but that is really it.
So to celebrate this prestigious and fantastic day I decided to make something old and combine it with something new. I made Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pancakes but I added my own little spin on it. I added bacon bits and chocolate chips!
OH MY GOSH!
These are seriously the best pancakes I have ever had … EVER! In fact I was just asking my husband what we should have for dinner tonight. He said MORE BACON PANCAKES! I am seriously tempted. They are not gluten free, dairy free, or healthy in any way. But they are delicious. We ate more than the recommended serving and then went back for more. I love having a great fluffy pancake with maple syrup and butter on it. I generally tend to rip up the bacon that I am having with my pancakes and putting it on top. How I never thought to just put the bacon in the batter before is far beyond me.
I should mention that I totally ran out of baking powder over the weekend and have not replaced it yet. I had to use baking soda instead of powder. Generally this has a negative affect on the flavour of the batter. Not so this time. Also, the grocery store had a distinctive lack of buttermilk available to purchase. I made my own. The recipe for homemade buttermilk is here. But for all of that. These were seriously the best pancakes that I have ever had.
Now here is the most important question. Or several of them really. What kind of pancakes are you having for dinner tonight? What do you top your pancakes with? and What is your favourite kind/type of pancake? Leave a comment below and tell us your pancake preferences!
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