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A Short History of Pancakes

Crepes might just be among the most beloved desserts in the world and we all understand why. Really, do you know anyone who actually doesn’t love the wonderful pancakes? In fact, it seems that our love of pancakes exists for thousands of years, although it’s true that in the beginning they weren’t quite the same as the ones we know and love today…

Researchers found that 30,000 years ago, in a time when not even grains were grown steadily, our ancestors used their tools for making flour out of cattails and ferns. This flour is said to have been mixed with water and baked on a hot rock (possibly greased). It definitely doesn’t sound as delicious as what we’re enjoying today, but the essence of pancakes was already born; furthermore, proof has been found supporting the idea that 5,300 years ago a somewhat more refined form of pancake (although still far from the contemporary ones) was already a part of the steady diet of Neolithical people. Just the same, the Greeks and the Romans in the Ancient world ate pancakes, sweetened with honey.

But the “modern” pancake, made of a viscous batter out of eggs, flour, salt and milk, started showing up in cook-books some time around 1439 (and with it the habit of tossing them into the air). It is true that other cultures tend to embody the same ingredients in slightly different shapes – think, for example, of Flapjacks – but the crepes we love the most are the thin ones, flat and fried in a pan (or, for a sustained rhythm, on an electrical crep machine, a special range, dedicated to them).

Traditionally, the crepes are served as dessert, but as much as you might love the ones filled with jam, honey, cream, chocolate and so on, you simply have to try them with salty fillings as well. You’re completely free to experiment, and we can offer you the perfect equipment for a consistent process.

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