Pancakes are a breakfast favorite in America. Any family friendly restaurant offering breakfast is bound to have them on the menu. Naturally we serve them at Gunther Toody’s, we just call them hotcakes. Usually hotcakes are a bit thinner, but larger in diameter, than traditional pancakes. Our hotcakes come in your choice of buttermilk or wheat and we also offer tasty banana walnut wheat pancakes.
Not only do Americans love pancakes, they’re also enjoyed around the world. Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday (known here as Fat Tuesday) is also known as Pancake Day in many countries. It’s a day to indulge in rich food like pancakes before the fasting season of Lent.
Pancakes come in many different forms and are enjoyed with different toppings depending on where you are. Here’s a look at some popular pancakes around the world.
Germany – They make their Pfannkuchen large and thin, similar to French crepes. They are served with a variety of sweet or savory toppings and generally enjoyed at lunch or dinner as opposed to breakfast.
Uganda – Here they make small, sweet pancakes called Kabalagala that are made from mashed bananas and cassava flour.
Australia – Their pikelets are small, thick pancakes often served at tea time with jam and whipped cream.
Greece – Greek style pancakes are called Tiganites and usually are made with yeast. They are typically topped with honey, yogurt and nuts.
Korea – They make a savory pancake called Kimchijeon which has finely chopped kimchi and scallions in the batter and is served with a soy sauce based dipping sauce.
Sweden – Raggmunk is a savory pancake made from potatoes, often served with fried pork (like our bacon) and lingonberry jam.