I don’t know about you, but I LOVE summer! And it is not only because it is a time to hit the beach and relax. The main reason behind this unconditional love towards summer is because it is the time when work and travel students from all over the world visit the States. Yes, it is in summer that my God-forsaken-town suddenly becomes vibrant and full of life.
New is Always Better
I am a person that likes new things, but what I love even more is showing new things to other people.
Not long ago my family hosted a girl from Bulgaria. I was over the moon because I’d have someone to show around and share my summer days with. What really surprised me though was her reaction to our first breakfast together. She said: Aren’t these pancakes too thick? And why do you combine something as salty as bacon and as sweet as maple syrup together?
It was a text book Culture shock!
See, oversees, in the Balkans among other places, people don’t eat American pancakes, to them pancakes are our crepes.
I smiled and asked her to go ahead and try the thick sweet-and-salty breakfast. And once she tried it she couldn’t stop eating until she finished off her plate. “You have to teach me how to make these!” And sure enough, the next morning we were searching for more recipes for American Pancakes and found ourselves a bunch.
We started off with a pretty simple pancake recipe, in fact the Homemade Pancake Mix, because I figured she could (re)use it every morning. Simple as pie, add some all-purpose flour, some non-fat milk powder as well as some baking powder, some granulated sugar and a pinch of salt and your pancake mix is ready. Whenever you feel like eating pancakes just add some water and an egg to the mix, put some butter on the pan and voila, you have yourself an American pancake.
Of course, practice makes perfect, so in order for Hristi to grasp the whole American pancake notion, I’ve decided to show her Jamie Oliver’s American pancake recipe, and in no time she got a hold of it.
Peanut Butter Pancake
But while we are on the topic of cultural differences, I found out that Balkan people don’t eat peanut butter. How can they not? It is one of the yummiest things in the history of ever! So I’ve decided to teach Hristi how to make the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chips Pancakes. And a pretty tasty ones too! The peanut butter and chocolate syrup toping was an explosion of taste, as for Hristi, she is now making American pancakes with ease, and is an expert in combining all sorts of toppings together.
If you really love pancakes that much checkout these pancake recipes below: