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Call them flapjacks, griddlecakes, or hotcakes--they are all pancakes. Pancakes are made and served in almost every country because they are easy to prepare and are made of three basic ingredients flour, eggs and milk.
A secret to producing wonderful pancakes is to use a lightly greased griddle that heats evenly. Testing the temperature of the griddle can be done by simply dripping drops of water over the surface. If it bounces around on the griddle, then it is ready. When tiny bubbles form all around the uncooked side, your pancake is ready to flip.
A classic pancake recipe may be made to be more exciting by adding divine spices, luscious fruits, or even chocolate. Blueberries are a favorite fruit that is often added. Cinnamon, or ginger, are popular spices. If preferred, chocolate chips may be added to the batter. There are many choices to sweeten up a stack of pancakes with a variety of flavored syrups, nuts and whipped toppings.
On Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, many places around the world hold pancake events to celebrate. The most popular on is the Pancake Race. In 1445 a women was preparing pancakes in her kitchen when the church bells rang. Being a faithful parishioner, she ran all the way to the church with her apron on still holding on to her frying pan containing pancakes. Today the pancake race event in Olney, England and Liberal, Kansas. Liberal citizens challenge Olney and now the two towns compete annually and prizes are exchanged.
Get your griddle ready and make the perfect pancake.
Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff