To celebrate National Pancake Day this Monday, Sept. 26, we’ve rounded up some of the best pancake recipes we could find. The pancake has earned a special place at our breakfast table because of its simple ingredients, easy preparation, and comforting taste.
An analysis of Stone Age grinding tools indicated that our ancestors were making their own interpretations of pancakes more than 30,000 years ago, and although these pancakes would be scoffed at by modern-day brunchers, everything has to start somewhere. As human civilization evolved, so did the pancakes. Ancient Greeks and Romans would flavor their pancakes with honey, while the cooks of the Elizabethan era used rosewater, sherry, and apples. Pancakes, also known as hoe cakes or johnnycakes, were especially popular in early colonial America, and were made with cornmeal, buckwheat, and molasses.
What really makes the pancake such a celebrated breakfast icon is that it transcends cultures: whether you call it a crêpe, pikelet, palatschinke, malpua, hotcake, or blini, almost every country in the world has its own version of the pancake. Its flat, nearly two-dimensional shape gives it the literal appearance of a blank canvas, and every year people think of new ideas and create new flavors to further its legacy. Use your next weekend morning to make your own mark on pancake history.
For inspiration, here are our 25 best pancake recipes.