A pancake (also known as a hot-cake, griddlecake, or flapjack) is a flat cake that is frequently round and thin that is made from a starch-based batter that may also contain eggs, milk, and butter.
It is cooked on a hot surface, such as a griddle or frying pan, and is frequently fried in oil or butter. It is a variety of batter-baked bread. It is likely that pancakes were consumed in prehistoric communities, according to archaeological data.
The structure and shape of the pancake varies between regions. In the UK, pancakes are frequently made without yeast and resemble crêpes. To make a thick, fluffy pancake in North America, baking powder is often used as a leavening ingredient.
A crêpe is a thin, French-style Breton pancake that has been baked on one or both sides in a specific pan or crepe maker to create a delicate web of bubbles. Palainke, a thin, moist pancake filled with jam, cream cheese, chocolate, or ground walnuts, is a well-known variety with origins in Southeast Europe. However, many other fillings, both sweet and savory, can also be used.
Although pancakes can be eaten at any time of day or year with a variety of toppings or fillings, in many parts of the world they have come to be associated with certain times and toppings.
Similar to waffles, they are frequently regarded as breakfast items in North America. They are connected to Shrove Tuesday, sometimes referred to as “Pancake Day,” in Britain and the Commonwealth because historically, perishable ingredients had to be used up before the fasting season of Lent.