Ahh Pancakes...you know the popular breakfast food usually served in a stack of two or three, topped with maple syrup and butter. The thick batter contains eggs, flour, milk, and a raising agent, baking powder or yeast. But did you know that pancakes come in many different styles! Here are six varieties you may be surprised to learn about:
#1: Bannock is common to virtually all North America's first peoples. The European version (Scotland) was traditionally made of oatmeal.
#2 Johnnycake (also jonnycake, johnny cake, journey cake or Johnny Bread) is a cornmeal flatbread that was an early American staple food, and is still eaten in the West Indies and Bermuda. A modern johnnycake is fried cornmeal gruel, which is made from yellow or white cornmeal mixed with salt and hot water or milk, and frequently lightly sweetened.
#3 Sourdough was used by prospectors and pioneers to make pancakes without having to buy yeast. They would carry a pot of sourdough to make pancakes and bread, as it could last indefinitely, needing only flour and water to replenish it. Sourdough pancakes are now a particular specialty in Alaska.
#4 A silver dollar pancake refers to a pancake about two to three inches (5 to 7 cm) in diameter, or just a bit bigger than the pre-1979 silver dollar coins in the United States.. This is usually made by frying a small spoonful of the same batter as any other pancake. One serving usually consists of five to ten silver dollar pancakes.#5 German pancakes or Dutch baby pancakes served in American pancake houses are bowl-shaped. They are eaten with lemons and powdered sugar, jam, or caramelized apples, as well as fritters.
Toutons are small, tall pancakes traditional in Newfoundland. They are usually served with dark molasses.
#6 In addition to the above, Food and Drink in American History further tells us that hotcakes made with buckwheat, called “buckwheat cakes” or simply “buckwheats”, were a common breakfast dish in Colonial America.
See our favorite pancake recipes here that are made with our heritage flour pancake and baking mix.