The first written records of pancakes come from the ancient Greeks and Romans. Around 500 B.C.E., Athenian poet Cratinus described “a [flat cake] hot and shedding morning dew.” Some 600 years later, in the late second century C.E., Greek physician Galen included a recipe in his On the Properties of Foodstuffs that’s similar to how Russian blinis or Canadian griddlecakes are prepared today: “What are called girdle-cakes by the Athenians but griddle-cakes by us, the Asiatic Greeks, are prepared with olive oil alone,” he wrote. “The oil is placed in a frying pan that is put on a smokeless fire, and when it has become hot the wheaten flour, soaked in a large amount of water, is poured into it.” Galen noted that these sweet treats were often enjoyed with honey.A Brief History of Pancakes — https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/a-brief-history-of-pancakes-180981667/
I wonder if this article could be revised to include my Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes recipe???
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Do you also make buckwheat pancakes? They are my favorite.
I like buckwheat pancakes but haven’t made any in years.