Saturday, December 19, 2009
Country Style Pancakes
Pg. 206 is PANCAKES!!!
Oh, how i love pancakes! My husband loves to make them, and he does the best! and since i am cooking through the cookbook... he helped instead of making them... and we even had a spatula sword fight! (we rinsed them off afterwards)... lol.. i love saturday mornings! and there is no better way to enjoy them than with pancakes! My husband added chopped bananas and pecans to his and i left my plain and drizzled with blueberries :) We could not eat them all! lol... so we have some for later in the fridge.. You know i think pancakes are an interesting form of breakfast... i wonder where they originated...hmmm...
According to my findings, pancakes are apart of years and years of history... Foods similar to pancakes can be dated back to the ancient Romans. Then, this sweet flat bread was called: Alita Dolcia (Latin for: "another sweet") However, the pancakes we know today are different from the basic griddle cake, the pancakes we know to day originated in Medieval Europe. Here is an interesting quote from Alan Davidson concerning his research on this wonderful breakfast:
"The griddle method of cooking is older than oven baking, and pancakes are an ancient form. The first pancakes clearly distinguishable from plain griddle breads are sweet ones mentioned by Apicius; these were made from a batter of egg, mixed milk and water, and a little flour, fried and served with pepper and honey. An English culinary manuscript of about 1430 refers to pancakes in a way which implies that the term was already familiar, but it does not occur often in the early printed cookery books...Throughout Europe pancakes had a place among Easter foods, especially on Shrove Tuesday (or Mardi Gras), the last day before Lent."
-Oxford Companion to Food, Alan Davidson [Oxford University Press:Oxford] 1999 (p. 571)
I have always loved pancakes and i think its really interesting to find out where they came from... and i definitely think they are more fun if you make them from scratch rather than bisquick... and they don't take that much longer! Anyways i hope you enjoyed!