Believe it or not, pancakes play a pretty big part in the American breakfast. Maybe you already knew that? Well, at least that’s been established! At Bread and Porridge, pancakes are a big deal too! They are one of our most popular menu items, partly because we do them so well, but also because they are a favorite morning staple in so many households around the U.S.
Throughout the history of pancakes in America, you might be surprised to know that, according to world-foodhistory.com, pancakes were another food taught to the American colonial settlers. Local Native American people made “griddle cakes” using Rhode Island Narragansett maize. That’s right, you may want to pay homage to the pancake at your next Thanksgiving!
Needless to say, griddle cakes stuck around to become an American staple. George Washington is said to have eaten them with – you guessed it – maple syrup! According to theplate.nationalgeographic.com, Thomas Jefferson, also a fond lover of pancakes, is reported to have passed on a recipe of his “panne quaiques” to his French maitre d’hotel, Etienne Lemaire. These might have been griddle crepes.
As you can see, at Bread and Porridge, we appreciate a tidbit of history here and there! We just love that pancakes have such a rainbow of history, textures and flavors! Our pancakes are the usual American light and fluffy sort. But you can bet your britches we don’t leave our pancakes out to dry without any tasty accompaniments. Here are some of our Bread and Porridge menu favorites for the historically awesome Pancake!
First off, we start with buttermilk pancakes which are fluffy and tasty due to the tang and thick richness of buttermilk. Our plump Blueberry Pancake is the most popular – who can resist the deep purplish color of juicy blueberries in a fluffy buttermilk pancake?! Another, of course, is Strawberry. So sweet and succulent, with the pop of vibrant bright red throughout. Banana is another menu favorite. There’s a true unique texture combo formed from the density of the banana, coupled with the fluffiness of the buttermilk pancake … Truly so delicious! All of these options can come with Pecans within the pancake (or on top) for added crunch.
Toppings are another YES factor! Add strawberries, blueberries, bananas, pecans, Nutella or vanilla bean whipped cream for an added indulgence to your flap jack! The combinations are almost endless! Just imagine a Strawberry Pancake with Nutella drizzled all over, or blueberries and bananas topped with just a touch of vanilla bean whipped cream?! I’m literally salivating and calling in MY order right now!
At Bread and Porridge your creativity can really shine, all the way into your tummy. We can’t wait to see what Pancake combination you come up with when visiting us in the heart of Santa Monica’s vibrant beach neighborhood scene!