I've had pancakes on the brain lately Not just any pancakes, of course. Weird and different pancakes, and pancake-like things! Read on and enjoy (numbers correspond to pictures):
1. The Dutch Baby
: An airy bowl-shaped pancake derived from the German Apfelpfannkuchen (apple pancake). Typically eaten with lemon juice and powdered sugar.
: Spongy, sour flat bread made out of teff flour (a grass native to Ethiopia) and eaten with Ethiopian, Somalian and Eritrean foods.
: Airy roll-like thing made of egg batter and baked (especially nice with butter and jam!). An American invention.
4. Rava Dosa
: Made with rava or semolina, a lacy variation of the popular South Indian dosa. Served with requisite dipping sauces.
5. Buckwheat Pancakes
: Like normal pancakes, except the addition of dark and complex buckwheat gives it a more intense, sometimes almost bitter flavor.
: Small thin pancakes typically eaten with cream and caviar. A symbol of the sun to pre-Christian Slavic peoples. By Russian tradition, the first blin is almost always destroyed while frying.
7. 葱油饼 (or cong you bing
): Otherwise known as 'scallion pancakes,' layers of dough separated by oil and green onions. Delicious with soy sauce =)
8. Yorkshire Pudding
: Originated in Yorkshire, another eggy, fatty thing served with some kind of meat (great with prime rib) and gravy.
9. Swedish Pancakes
: Thin and flat, similar to French crepes, served with jam and cream or savory filliongs: pea soup on Thursdays.
10. Masala Dosa
: Originated in Udupi, India. A giant crepe made of rice and lentil flour, rolled into a huge tube and stuffed with potatoes spiced with turmeric. Served with sambal on the side.
11. Roti Paratha
: A Malaysian specialty that marries the Indian paratha and the Chinese cong you bing
. The best examples are thin, crispy, and delightfully layered. Most often served with some delicious chicken curry sauce, but can also be eaten with white sugar for breakfast.