Flippin' heck is it that time of the year already?! As thousands of households sit down together today and enjoy this tasty annual treat we decided to highlight some of our favourite alternative pancakes from around the world. If any of our choices get your belly rumbling you can always check out the World Food board on our Pinterest account for more information and ideas.
Okonomiyaki - Japan
Ok, when we tell you the main ingredient of this tasty dish we know that might scare a lot of people away but trust us on this one... Okonomiyaki is a savoury pancake made from cabbage. The cabbage is fried in a light batter and then served with mayonnaise and Okonomi sauce. Originally believed to have been created in Hiroshima or Kansai the pancake's name means "how you like it" in Japanese. Today Okonomiyaki can be found in almost every city in Japan often with a local variation. For example, the Tokyo version is generally smaller. Although not the easiest or tidiest pancake on the list it's definitely one of the most popular.
Not to be confused with the biscuit variation found North of the border the Staffordshire oatcake is a must eat for pancake fanatics. Traditionally a savoury snack served around breakfast or lunch. These hearty treats can be filled with bacon, sausage,eggs, cheese, beans or any combination that tickles your tastebuds and served with ketchup and brown sauce. They have their origins in the Pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent where the workers needed a large breakfast to keep up their energy throughout their shift hence why the dough itself is made from oats. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending how you look at it) oatcake batter and pre-made versions do not transport well so you will need to head to Staffordshire to taste one yourself.
Berliner Pfannkuchen - Germany
Last but not least, a sweet version that looks very different to what most people will eat this evening. Berliner Pfannkuchen (or simply Berliner for short in anywhere that isn't Berlin) are sweet, sugared donuts traditionally filled with plum jam. They can be bought at any time of year but are most popularly enjoyed on New Year's Eve as well as during the Carnival Festival. Often on the first day of Carnival they are bought in large batches for school or workplaces and a singular donut is filled with mustard instead of jam to surprise one unlucky eater.
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