Fluffy Made From Scratch Pancakes & a little history

expatgourmandIt’s National Pancake Week (I think) and we kicked off the week with an Americanized version of savory French crepes. Today I’m bringing you the history behind pancakes and the best, fluffy, made from scratch recipe…ever!

Greek Taginities

It’s said the origin of pancakes can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks who made a form of pancake known as taginites, derived from τάγηνον meaning “frying pan”. These types of pancakes were made with wheat flour, olive oil, along with honey and curdled milk and were also said to have been made during Roman times.


According to Wikipedia, The Forme of Cury (Method of Cooking, cury being from French cuire: to cook) is an extensive mediaeval recipe collection of the 14th century in the form of a roll. Its authors are given as “the chief Master Cooks of King Richard II”. The modern name was given to it by Samuel Pegge, who published an edition of it in 1780 for the curator of the British Museum, Gustavus Brander. This name has since come into usage for almost all versions of the original manuscript. Along with Le Viandier, it is the best-known medieval guide to cooking. The roll was written in late Middle English on vellum and details some 205 recipes (although the exact number of recipes varies slightly between different versions.

According to The Nibble, one of the earliest written mentions of pancakes is in a culinary manuscript from the early 14th century. It’s said that the way it is mentioned implies that the term was already an established food term already though there are not many early mentions of the delicious treat!

French Fruit Crepes

Though not actually called a “pancake”, the French also have their take on the food which is the famous crepe. The thin slices can be filled with just about anything from savory to sweet fillings and are now served all over the world.

Today pancakes are found across the globe with variations to be seen in all sorts of eateries.

These tall, fluffy mouth-watering pancakes are served up the old fashioned way; with butter and syrup or topped with strawberries and whipped cream for a real anytime treat.


1 cup whole milk

2 tablespoons white vinegar

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons white sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

pinch of nutmeg

1 egg

2 tablespoons butter, melted

cooking spray


Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to “sour”.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into soured milk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are almost gone—a few small lumps will be fine and over mixing can make the cakes tough.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat, coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. I think I am coming to your house 🙂 🙂 🙂 Delish !!!

    1. Oh Lynne! What fun we would have!!! Thanks!!

  2. Osyth says:

    What a fascinating low-down on pancakes. Of course I am familiar with English pancakes and Crêpes and Galettes in my adopted homeland and when the girls were growing up we made a version of what we understood were American Pancakes but these sound like heaven on a plate … and I am interested in the milk and the vinegar and the soda and powder combo. Mostly I’m interested in gobbling up a plateful of course. But that’s another story ….

    1. haha, Osyth! A gallette is on the agenda soon…a simple apple, but a favorite. The vinegar reacts with the leavening to make the lightest pancakes with no trace of vinegar taste either! I’ve made my fair share of hockey pucks, but have since left them for the ice fields 🙂 Thanks, hon ♥

  3. What a fantabulous presentation Lana! I could eat the screen lol 😀

    1. haha! We need that smell-a-vision! Thanks, Hon 🙂

      1. Yes we do 😜

  4. koolaidmoms says:

    What delicious looking pancakes! Thank you for the history!

    1. Thanks so much, Marci! I had no idea they stemmed back to the 14th century!

  5. Sadie's Nest says:

    Yum! The crepes look particularly good right now! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Sadie! The berries & chocolate spoke to you did they?? 🙂

  6. Frances 🌺 says:

    Loving your French fruit crepes 😋

    1. Thank you, Frances! Berries will soon be in season here in Arizona. So I froze a big batch of crepes just for this purpose 🙂

  7. cynthiamvoss says:

    Yum! This is just like the recipe I use, and it’s usually with whole wheat flour. I let the kids shake in a few spices like cinnamon and ginger. Don’t know why my daughter loves the ginger so much, but she asks me if it’s there if somehow she misses her chance to sprinkle it in herself 🙂 Yay for pancakes!!

  8. You sure do good research on all these fun facts! What fun to read. 🙂

  9. How awesome are these !! And the history you share behind all the delicacies are really great 🙂

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