Piquant Pancakes: The Journey Of The Everyday Breakfast
- Preeti Deepa
Updated : January 20, 2022 05:01 IST
Do you love having pancakes for breakfast? Here’s the history of its origin you need to know.
Be it a busy workday morning or a lazy weekend brunch, pancake lovers will find any excuse to savour it unapologetically. The spongy pancake along with a drizzle of maple syrup or chocolate sauce and a bowl of fresh fruits is enough to turn a pancake lover’s day around. Quite popular as a breakfast dish, the pancake is popular in almost all parts of the world. Filled with essential nutrients needed to fuel a person’s body for the whole day, pancakes have found their place in most breakfast platters. While they have been a quintessential part of breakfast menus, these piquant delicacies date back thousands of years! We know you are curious enough to know how pancakes came into existence. Read on to know more about them.
Researchers have found that pancakes are existing since the Stone Age. Even traces of pancakes were found in the body of Otzi-The Iceman which dates back to more than 5,000 years. Even ancient Greek poets like Cratinus and Magnes mentioned pancakes in their poetry in the Before Christ Era. Although pancakes originated so early, the term ‘pancake’ was used in 19th century America.
Pancakes were made using curdled milk, honey, olive oil and wheat flour in ancient times. Gradually, people began experimenting and adding ingredients according to their preferences. People even started celebrating pancake day on Shrove Tuesday. It is believed that once upon a time eating animal products like milk, eggs and butter wasn’t allowed during Lent. Hence, to save the food articles from going to waste, people started making pancakes out of them and consumed them in bulk the day before Lent.
Although modern-day pancakes have the same basic ingredients as ancient pancakes, the dish has undergone an evolution in terms of ingredients, flavours and textures. While pancakes were made with buckwheat and cornmeal in American colonies, the Elizabethans ate them with spices and apples. But no matter the ingredients, pancakes always manage to make a healthy and filling breakfast. Are you planning to make pancakes for your morning breakfast? Try this recipe.