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to think people who serve up American pancakes on Pancake day and crepes for breakfast should be shot?

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ethelb Tue 12-Feb-13 19:03:10

Well am I?

I have to add a disclaimer that one of my parents is American and the other English so the only time I got crepes/thin pancakes was on Shrove Tuesday and American pancakes were a frequent breakfast treat (which I really don't like).

I would be soooo disappointed (and have been in the past) to get them served at the wrong time.


GooseEnthusiast Tue 12-Feb-13 19:04:20

We had American style pancakes for tea tonight. I don't like crepes.


TallyGrenshall Tue 12-Feb-13 19:05:42

I wouldn't be disappointed to get either version at anytime during the day really so YABU

Although we didn't have either, we had waffles grin

ethelb Tue 12-Feb-13 19:07:52

@Tally even if you were promised pancakes for breakfast at a friend's house and were handed crepes, bacon and maple syrup?

I mean what a waste of crepes, bacon and maple syrup.

Theicingontop Tue 12-Feb-13 19:07:56

Yabu. Crepes are only good stuffed with chicken and mushrooms.

But the American pancakes have to be good. Chucking eggs, flour and milk in a bowl and making the mixture a bit thicker than usual doesn't cut it!

They have to have melted butter, and whipped eggwhites folded in... And then properly griddled, not fried. With loads of butter and maple syrup, and bacon.


MamaMumra Tue 12-Feb-13 19:08:52

I tried making crepes but they came out like American pancakes...

WafflesandWhippedCream Tue 12-Feb-13 19:08:58

I only know how to make one type of pancake - don't think they are American or crepes - and we had them for breakfast and dinner today grin.

I can eat what I like, when I like in my own house <pugnacious emoticon>

TallyGrenshall Tue 12-Feb-13 19:10:07

Even then. Maple syrup makes everything in the world good for a few minutes especially drunk stright from the bottle

issey6cats Tue 12-Feb-13 19:11:45

me i dont care which countries recipe is used i love pancakes, thick ones, thin ones, the best pancakes i ever had were in the hiotel we stayed in tunisia thin crepes with chocolate sauce and cream for breakfast yum yum, personally i have never been able to make thin ones so i have big fat ones, and bacon and maple syrup togther is delish so YABU

SkinnybitchWannabe Tue 12-Feb-13 19:12:06

Are American pancakes what I call scotch pancakes? Small and alot thicker than normal ones?
I love both types but I had Slimming World Syn free ones tonight..weren't too bad.

catgirl1976 Tue 12-Feb-13 19:12:38

I couldn't get maple syrup in the shops tonight sad

And I'm canadian by birth

I've let my country down as well as my family sad

ethelb Tue 12-Feb-13 19:13:28

@theicing that's my point. Brits don't really understand how to make good ones. They haven't even heard the whipped egg whites trick! They don't know what a buttermilk pancake is and don't know when the best point to put the blueberries in is (not the Yanks use whole fresh blueberries in their proper, diner pancakes, oh no).

DP just asked what the difference was and honestly hadn't figured out that one type had raising agent in it and one type didn't. I think this is the case for many Brits.

One of my sons would agree with you. American pancakes, liver and lightly seared/smoked raw fish/meat are about the only things he doesn't like.

I like both smile waffles too.

Hissy Tue 12-Feb-13 19:14:30

Tally grin

We just had Brunch! Bacon, banana pancakes, maple syrup. It was tea and pancakes at the same time! In my defense milud, I was later home, Ds starving, pancakes promised, too late for 2 courses!

Otherwise yes, YANBU, flat British pancakes with lemon and sugar are the best.

ethelb Tue 12-Feb-13 19:14:56

@issy are your big fat ones just lots of batter for the thin ones? Yuck.

@catgirl you shouldn't be buying maple syrup tonight. Unless you were planning some horrible, misguided fusion cooking as outlined above.

eh, we have American pancakes without whipping the eggs and they are pretty tasty. Mind you, if you put enough melted butter and real maple syrup on something, pretty much anything tastes good, especially if it has bacon on the side.

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Tue 12-Feb-13 19:15:42

Shooting them might be a slight over-reaction.

However, you would NBU to stand up, drop your napkin onto the table and say, 'Now look here good man/woman; this just won't do!'


I think I might just to have to make both tonight to celebrate our mixed heritage.

ethelb Tue 12-Feb-13 19:17:07

@selfconfessed I must confess I make American pancakes for DP without whisking the egg whites, but it is undeniable they are lighter with whipped egg whites.

CarlingBlackMabel Tue 12-Feb-13 19:17:15

Ahem, there are American pancakes, crepes (French, quite dry, v thin) and pancakes. Pancakes are not the same as crepes!

Pancakes on shrove Tuesday must be pancakes, surely?

Carlingblack, can't we be inclusive and have all of them? Is today really a day to be pancakist?

Wondering if I should go buy some creme de marron as well as lemons and bacon. Could be quite a pancake-fest.

wondering if the buckwheat packet mix I cheat with sometimes has whisked egg whites in it

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Tue 12-Feb-13 19:21:06

Is today really a day to be pancakist?

No. You're right.

<hangs head in shame>

ethelb Tue 12-Feb-13 19:21:12

Plus American people don't really 'do' pancake day. So American pancakes were never really meant to be eaten on Shrove Tuesday.

BitOutOfPractice Tue 12-Feb-13 19:21:49

I've made pffertjes. So ner!

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