Anyone who knows me, quickly perceives my peculiar affinity for pancakes. I mean, if you were to ask me what my favorite meal is, I would say, breakfast, hands down! However, if you were to ask me what my favorite food is, I’d have to say is pancakes (and/or waffles). Not steak and mashed potatoes, or pasta, or even Puerto Rican Arroz con Gandulez (rice with pigeon peas). For me, a beautifully well prepared pancake will do just fine!
I’m not sure where the love affair began, but it’s been going strong for years now. I have learned through the years that a buttermilk fluffy in the middle and crispy on the edges pancake is not the only way to make these food of the gods. When I am in America, I like the buttermilk fluffy pancakes, multi-grain pancakes, and the occasional coconut pancakes (my favorites). Americans are very creative when it comes to their food, and the fact that I have eaten more than 20 different types of pancakes while in the states, it’s proof.
I have also traveled to many countries, where I’ve had the joy of experiencing pancakes and waffles in ways I have never even dreamed of. From a Sweden exchange student, I had the thinnest pancakes I have ever ate. There were almost not there, but still very good. In France I had the most amazing crepes with banana and Nutella (that is a must if you ever go to Paris).
Then in Germany, I visited my friend Elisa, who took me to a pancake house (restaurant) were, for the very first time, I had pancakes topped with everything from steak to grilled peppers and onions, asparagus, sauce, you name it! The experience was incredible, and I am already checking my calendar to mark the day I will return for another exquisite meal at the Erstes Ulmer Pfannkuchenhaus in Ulm.
Here are a few photos of the experience:
Following that amazing dining experience in Ulm, I traveled to Bad Rippoldssau, where my spanish friend Lydia met me, and treated me to a most peculiar meal; Pancake soup. I know what you’re thinking, “must be some sort of dessert soup”. Well, no. It is a real meal, which can be made as a first course or as the main course depending on what you add to the recipe. Here I will share my fire’s recipe and some photos:
For the pancake you will need: (4 people)
250gr (1 cup) flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
a pinch of Black pepper to your like
Mix all the ingredients until the mix is fine, then make the pancakes very thin on a skillet. Once they are done, cut them in think slices like noodles.
For the Soup you will need:
Boil water (about 5 cups) drop a couple of bouillon cubes (or Knorr cubes), parsley, garlic, or any other herb you like. Pour broth in a bowl and garnish with a handful of the pancake “noodles”. And there it is! Bon Appetite!
Simple enough, right? This is the original recipe, which is very light, however you can add meat or/and vegetables and make it heavier is you like.
Enjoy your pancakes, whichever way you prefer to eat them, and see you next time at the Invisible Gazebo!