15 Pancakes you have to try from around the world
Celebrate Shrove Tuesday with inspiration from all corners of the Earth thanks to our great list of pancakes from around the world. From Buttermilk pancakes straight from the US to Japanese Okonomiyaki pancakes, if you're looking for pancake day inspiration we've got ladles-full!
1. US: Buttermilk Pancakes
These tasty American treats are made from eggs, sugar, flour, buttermilk, butter, salt, baking soda and baking powder. The chemical reaction of the buttermilk and baking powder/soda makes these pancakes rise and turn into fluffy delights that are perfect with bacon, maple syrup and eggs for breakfast, or smothered in melted Nutella with fruit – yum!
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2. Austria: Kaiserschmarrn
Originally from Austria these pancakes are thick and very eggy with a flavour similar to french toast! Made from eggs, milk, vanilla extract, salt, sugar, plain flour, rasins, butter and icing sugar these pancake get a little caramelised in the bottom during cooking and are great served with icing sugar, apple sauce and some whipped cream.
3. Morocco: M'semen
These stodgy pancakes are made from a batter rather than a dough and traditionally cooked in honey and butter. Made from fine semolina, plain flour, warm water, salt, oil and butter the dough of these pancakes has to be energetically kneeded, rested and then butter folded though it before it's cooked, but the results are so yummy and indulgent it's definitely worth the effort!
4. China: Cong You Bing or Scallion Pancakes
Chewy, flaky and savoury, these little pancakes are made from dough, rather than batter, which you have to rest for 20 minutes during cooking. The ingredients include plain flour, warm water, salt, green onions and oil and the pancakes are often served with a soy-sauce based dip.
5. Eastern Europe: Blini
These little pancakes are usually served with a variety of savoury toppings, often as part of an appetiser or as canapés. Made from butter, flour, baking poder, salt, eggs, and milk these tiny pancakes are delicious served with smoked salmon and cream cheese.
6. Denmark: Aebleskiver
These little treats are the only spherical pancakes on our list and resemble puffy doughnuts but are incredibly light and fluffy. Made using eggs, plain flour, baking powder, caster sugar, bicarbonate of soda, salt, butter, buttermilk and oil these little delights are often dipped in things like apple or chocolate sauce – think of them as the dunkin' doughnuts of the pancake world!
7. England: Pancakes with Sugar and Lemon
These pancakes are incredibly easy to make and only need four ingredients – eggs, milk, water and plain flour. They are cooked to be a few millimetres thick and traditionally served with lemon juice and sugar for a tart but sweet experience, however, they are often filled with a variety of other toppings too like chocolate sauce, fruit or cream.
8. Germany: Dutch Babies
This thick, eggy pancake is like a sweet Yorkshire Pudding in texture and traditionally served with fresh fruit and whipped cream. Made from milk, eggs, vanilla extract, plain flour, sugar and butter, it's definitely an indulgent pancake that's sure to fill up those cake cravings.
9. Italy: Farinata
A thick savoury treat, this Italian pancake is made from chickpea flour, salt, water, olive oil and black pepper. The batter has to rest for at least 4-8 hours once made but once cooked and sprinkled with a bit of rosemary and parmesan makes a light and tasty treat that any savoury lover will adore.
10. France: Crêpes
Crêpes are the thinnest and largest of the pancakes on our list. Made from 4 simple ingredients – flour, butter eggs and milk, these incredibly thin pancakes are often packed with layers of sweet fillings like jam or fruit, then folded and topped with whipped cream and sauce.
11. India: Uttapam
Thick, spongy in the middle and crisp at the edge, these savoury pancakes are a breakfast treat and surprisingly easy to make – once you've sourced the ingredients! They need dosa batter (rice and urad dal), salt, jeera, chillies, curry leaves, coriander and onion and can be eaten on their own or with warmed chutney.
12. Japan: Okonomiyaki
This is another savoury pancake with its name literally meaning 'what you want (okonomi) grilled (yaki)'. It's made with cabbage, egg, plain flour, corn starch, baking powder, stock, and then any other ingredients you want – popular ingredients include shrimp, onions and green chillies.
13. Scotland: Scotch Pancakes or Drop Scones
These fluffy little pancakes get their traditional name of 'drop scones' from them being dropped onto a hot pan during cooking. They're so easy to make with only five ingredients – self-raising flour, caster sugar, salt, egg and milk and can be topped with whatever sweet ingredient that tickles your taste buds.
14. Sweden: Raggmunk
Made with potato, milk, pain flour, eggs, cream, salt, pepper and fresh chives these savoury potato pancakes are a great addition to any meal. However they can also go down a treat at a lunch served with some bacon and a little soured cream – yum!
15. Indonesia: Serabi
These little pancakes are light and flavoured by the coconut milk used to create the traditional treat often eaten at afternoon teas or as a snack. Made with plain flour, backing powder, eggs salt, coconut milk and water they are only cooked on one side and often served with a sweetened coconut sauce.