Pancake Day is just around the corner and everyone is getting their ingredients ready to cook up a treat for friends and family. We’re all familiar with the pancakes from the UK but what do you know about Raggmunk or Cong You Bing?

We’ve travelled across the globe (via Google) to find some of the most interesting and delicious versions of the dish we all know and love. So strap in for our list of 4 global pancake recipes.

All of the recipes in this list have been made using our products at Tower HQ by our very own chef – Jeff Thomas.

1. USA/Canada – Fluffy Pancakes

We start our list with the well-known pancakes from our friends across the pond. Usually served at breakfast, this American/Canadian alternative is often served with sides including bacon, toast and sausage. It’s only occasionally that it’s served as a dessert and when it is the popular toppings of choice include ice cream, chocolate syrup and a variety of fruits.

2. France – Crepes Suzette

The origins and name of this dish are disputed. One claims that in 1895 a 14-year-old assistant waiter, Henri Charpentier, created it by mistake when preparing a dessert for the Prince of Wales, which had guests including a French girl named Suzette. While another suggests it was named after a French actress, Suzanne Reichenberg, who worked under the name Suzette. During a performance on stage in 1897 she served crepes. Supplier of the crepes, restaurant owner Monsieur Joseph, decided to flambé them to attract attention. It is made out of caramelised sugar, butter, tangerine or orange juice, with a drizzle of Curaçao liqueur on top, all prepared in a fiery tableside performance, flambé.

3. China – Cong You Bing

Also known as a scallion pancake, Cong You Bing is a savoury flatbread folded with oil and green onions. Unlike conventional Western pancakes, it’s actually made from dough instead of batter and pan fried to produce a good balance of crispy edges and chewy texture. Variations on the recipe include chopped fennel greens and sesame seeds.

4. Sweden – Raggmunk

‘Ragg’ means crispy and ‘monk’ comes from the name of the pan used to fry the Raggmunk, in English it’s known as a potato pancake. This flavourful dish goes back as far as 1904 and comprises grated potatoes mixed into a batter made of flour and milk, which sometimes includes eggs. It’s usually served with fried pork and lingonberry jam.

Sound delicious? Why not check out these recipes and give them a go yourself this Pancake Day.

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