Some prefer them thick and fluffy, others like them thin and crisp -- pancakes, a traditional breakfast food in countries all around the world, come in many shapes and forms. Besides being a popular dish to start the morning with, pancakes are also eaten as a part of Shrove Tuesday traditions (for more than 1,000 years according to some sources). Also known as Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday marks the day before the beginning of Lent. As the name reveals, Fat Tuesday became a day to eat fatty and filling foods -- including pancakes -- in preparation for the approaching Lenten fast. Pancakes have since then become a symbol for Shrove Tuesday in many cultures, and the day is also sometimes called Pancake Tuesday.
Click Here to see The Complete List of Pancakes from Around the World French crêpes have become popular in several countries around the world. The thin and wide pancake is often filled with sweet fillings such as a simple dust of sugar and lemon, berries, or melted chocolate, or savory fillings such as ham and cheese. Crêpes are extremely versatile, and today there are countless of variations for both the batter and the fillings. Photo Credit: © Flickr /bump
German pancakes are quite similar to the French crêpes — large and thin — but are slightly thicker than the French version. Pfannkuchen are traditionally topped with sugar, rolled up, and eaten, or are topped with a sweet filling such as apple or a savory topping like cheese. Different from the American tradition of eating pancakes for breakfast, Germans enjoy these pancakes mostly during lunch or dinner. Photo Credit: © Flickr /Josef Turk Reit im Winkl Chiemgau
Naleśniki are the Polish version of the common Eastern European blintz, crepe-like pancakes filled with various — often sweet — fillings.Naleśnik z Serem, or a Polish sweet cream cheese pancake, is a popular version of the thin pancakes, filled with a sweet mix of sugar, farmer’s cheese, and egg yolk. Photo Credit: © Flickr /K. Yasuhara Click Here to see The Complete List of Pancakes from Around the World
Kabalanga are typical pancakes of Uganda, also known as banana pancakes. The sweet patties are made of mashed ripe bananas and cassava flour, and are deep-fried. Traditionally, a specific type of banana, the ndizi banana, is used for the pancakes, but it can also be substituted with plantains. Photo Credit: © Flickr /Krypto
In Australia, the small and thick pancakes called pikelets are popular as a snack or are served with afternoon tea. Pikelets can also be purchased ready-made in grocery stores, and heated up or served cold. Topping often include jam and whipped cream. Photo Credit: © Flickr /planningqueen
Click Here to see More Pancakes from Around the World This classic Austrian treat is made of very thick and custardy pancakes, which are fried in butter, and torn into bite-sized pieces to finish the browning process. The pieces of pancake — which often incorporate raisins in the batter — are then served with fresh or preserved fruit. Some legends say that kaiserschmarrn were first served to Emperor Photo Credit: © Flickr /th0mi
The shape, size, and ingredients of a pancake, as well as how it is served, vary depending on where in the world you are. While in the U.S. we often enjoy our pancakes as a heaping pile, drenched in syrup, some countries prefer their pancakes thin and served solo, such as crepes in France or naleśniki in Poland. In Australia, the typical pancakes, pikelets, are snack-sized little rounds that also can be purchased ready-made in grocery stores .
Kaiserschmarrn, the classic Austrian sweet pancake, is torn to pieces before it's served, and in Denmark, making the staple ball-shaped aebleskiverpancakes involves a special frying pan.
We at The Daily Meal decided to take a look at what the typical sweet pancake looks like in countries all around the world, from Greece to Malaysia, and compiled a list of 12 of our favorite international versions.
-Elsa Säätelä, The Daily Meal
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