There doesn’t appear to be any Johnny, but the title may have evolved from the term”travel cakes” since they traveled well. (Although pulling out some pancakes from a hot, smelly saddlebag isn’t the most appetizing of pictures.)
Thomas Jefferson, on one of his frequent travels to Paris, brought back a similar recipe called crepes, which was a thinner type of our griddle cakes, with no leavening, made with wheat bread and served with a sweet syrup. They had been gobbled up at state dinners, and once again that industrious President introduced a fresh and delicious French dish to the colonists.
Consider How to Get Rid of Possums that they were simple to create, eaten by hand, and the leaders could cook them on a hot stone around the campfire after a long hard day of traveling. Native Americans probably instructed the early colonists how to grind corn, combine it into a paste, add liquid, some fat and in only a couple minutes, they’d hoe cakes, hot and filling. Covered with honey, they were a delicacy. Without the need for a bread oven, they might be ready quickly, and if the cook had a cast iron skillet, then it may be coated in bacon fat and the batter fried. Those who were fortunate enough to have butter slathered it on and dug in, napkins be damned. (A top sleeve worked just fine.)
Early American hoe cakes definitely made way for hush puppies, cornbread and grits, also made with cornmeal, but that is a completely different story. Incidentally, hoe cakes got its title from field employees using a plain hoe held over a flame, and dropping cakes on the hoe to cook.
Pancakes are enjoyed all over the world in a large number of variations, served plain, topped with sauces and spices, wrapped around fillings and eaten for lunch and dinner. The British-named flapjacks are different from our sandwiches and made with butter, sugar, and oats, usually served with honey.
Recorded history cites pancake-like foods in the first century (possibly sooner ), and historians who research Neolitic man speculate that flat cakes made out of anything handy were cooked on hot stones, before cooking pots and utensils were devised, between 10,000 and 3,000 B.C.. Since ancient cave dwellers usually kept a fire burning to frighten away predators, how simple to just whip up a batch of cave man pancakes while they were at it?
Many nations have their own version. Listed below are only a few.
These variations are often served with meats or vegetables:
So don’t limit yourself to only our favorite pancakes. Experiment and revel in the many versions of different nations and find delicious new variations in any meal. Pancakes. They are not just for breakfast anymore.