Appears in
Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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pancakes are thin, flat cakes made by pouring or ladling a liquid batter onto a hot greased surface, and baking them there until done. The simplicity of the required ingredients and equipment means that pancakes are one of the most ancient foods created by humans. Pancakes called tagenites made from wheat flour and soured milk and served warm with honey are mentioned in Greek writings from the fifth century b.c.e., but it is generally accepted that some form of pancakes has been made since prehistoric times.