A big part of getting used to the culture and everyday life of the USA is very much linked to new food experiences. The latest taste test / food review is for Pancakes with Bacon and Maple Syrup – an American diner classic I put off trying because I thought I would not enjoy it.
American pancakes are typically enjoyed over here with a knob of butter and drizzled with maple syrup (and served with bacon) for breakfast or for a breakfast style dinner (I am quite partial to a bit of brinner).
They are thick, spongy and fluffy and are usually served hot/warm having just been made – with typical ingredients including flour, eggs, milk and baking powder – the type I tried had buttermilk and honey in them.
The ones I had were shop bought, but were a very good/posh brand – I chose them as I was not making my own batter this time so wanted a fairly good, albeit purchased, representation of the traditional pancake.
The Taste Test
They were far thicker/spongy than I was expecting and were much more of a substantial variety of pancake than I am used to – and I loved them! They go so well with the maple syrup (I was not so keen on having butter too – just a personal preference) and, let me tell you, the salty bacon with maple syrup is a dream! I have never had bacon with syrup before, but America, you got this food combination completely spot on.
The pancakes were very filling and I only managed one (I ate all the bacon though) and I can see how it would make a great hearty breakfast or equally rib-sticking dinner.
Have you tried American pancakes? What do you like to have on/with them? What would you like to see me try next?