There are two foods that help us kick start the day properly, and those are pancakes and waffles. While waffles tend to stay classic in their recipe and means of preparation, one food that has seen a lot of variations from country to country, even region to region inside the same country is the pancake. The delicious breakfast treat we all adore has seen its fair share of interpretations, and if you are a connoisseur and want to delight your senses with some new flavors, you have truly come to the right place. While the traditional pancake recipe you prepare each morning as fast as possible to save time on your way to work might be delicious enough, it’s time to spice things up a bit and learn what other recipes the world has to offer.

#1 – US & Canada

Characteristics: Fluffy in texture, will fill you up quite fast. Usually served with butter and syrup.

Ingredients for 13 servings:

  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted;
  • 2 large eggs;
  • 2 tablespoons of baking powder;
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour;
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda;
  • ¾ tablespoons of salt;
  • 2-1/2 cups of buttermilk;
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar.

How to prepare: In a large bowl, whisk together the baking soda, baking powder, sugar, salt, and flour. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs well and add the melted butter and buttermilk, whisking these ingredients as well until they blend. Pour this mixture into the first bow and whisk until the ingredients combine. Preheat the skillet for 1-2 minutes, grease it with butter, and add 1/3 cup of batter at a time. Allow it to cook until the bottom is golden, flip it and cook it on the other side as well, and serve with your preferred syrup.

#2 – French

Characteristics: Large and thin, folded over sweet fillings, sautéed veggies, or delicious cheeses.

Ingredients for 6 servings:

  • 2 large eggs;
  • 2 tablespoons of hazelnut liqueur;
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar;
  • 1 teaspoon of grated lemon peel;
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter – unsalted;
  • ½ cup of whipping cream;
  • 1-1/2 cup of whole milk;
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour;
  • ½ teaspoon of salt.

How to prepare: Take a large bowl and whisk the salt, sugar, and flour together in it. In a different bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients except for the butter, and add the flour mixture while you whisk to blend it perfectly. Cover the bowl with a cloth and let it sit at room temperature for approximately 2 hours. Heat the skillet and brush its bottom with melted butter. Pour about 2 tablespoons of batter into the skillet and swirl to coat the bottom, cooking for approximately 30 seconds on each side.

#3 – Italian

Characteristics: Very thin, can have a savory or sweet filling, Italians usually preferring to fill them with meat, cheese, or veggies.

Ingredients for 12 servings:

  • 3 eggs;
  • Olive oil;
  • 1 cup of water;
  • 1 cup of flour;
  • ½ tablespoon of salt.

How to prepare: In a bowl, whisk the eggs, water, flour, and salt until they smooth and the consistency is creamy. Cover the bowl with a cloth and put it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Heat the pan, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and cover the bottom of the pan with it, and pour approximately ¼ cup of batter in it. Cook on both sides for approximately 30-45 seconds, and transfer the crespelle on a plate to stuff them with the filling of your choice.

#4 – Russian

Characteristics: Small and thick, help hunger go away quickly, usually made with soured milk or yogurt.

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 2 tablespoons of sugar;
  • 2 eggs;
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon zest;
  • Coconut oil or butter;
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour;
  • ½ teaspoon of sea salt;
  • ¼ teaspoon of grated nutmeg;
  • ½ cup of whole milk yogurt;
  • 1-1/2 cups of milk;
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, melted and cooled;
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder;
  • 1 cup of apple slices.

How to prepare: Turn the oven on and heat it to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, and place a large baking sheet inside it. Take a large bowl, put the flour, sugar, nutmeg, sea salt, and baking powder inside it and combine these ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine the zest, eggs, milk, and yogurt. Mix the contents of the two bowls, drizzle with melted butter, and mix until they combine, after which you fold in the apple slices. Heat a skillet, add a tablespoon of oil and spread it, after which you add 2-3 tablespoons of batter per pancake, and cook on both sides for about 2-3 minutes. Place them in the warm oven, and serve with syrup, apple slices, and butter.

#5 – Austria

Characteristics: Very fluffy, usually served with raising, nuts, apples, or other sweet ingredients.


  • A pinch of salt;
  • 350-400 milliliters of milk;
  • 1 pack of vanilla sugar;
  • A dash of rum;
  • 3 tablespoons of crystal sugar – for the topping;
  • 200 grams of finely ground flour;
  • 6 eggs;
  • Grated lemon rind;
  • 2 tablespoons of raisins;
  • 50 grams of butter – for frying;
  • Icing sugar and cinnamon – for dusting;
  • 1 tablespoon of crystal sugar or butter shavings – for caramelizing.

How to prepare: Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. In a bowl, place the raising, mix them with rum, and let them sit for about 15 minutes. Separate the eggs and place the yolks in a bowl where you pour in the milk, flour, and flavor with some vanilla sugar and grated lemon rind, mixing until a smooth dough is formed. Beat the crystal sugar with the egg whites, add a bit of salt, and continue to beat until a firm peak forms, after which you fold it into the dough mix. Let the butter melt in a large, heatproof dish. When it is melted, pour in the mixture and scatter the rum soaked raisins over the top. Cook the underside until it turns to light brown, turn it over, and bake for 6-8 minutes. Tear what results into small pieces and scatter butter shavings at the top, sprinkle some crystal sugar, caramelize it, and when you are done, dust with cinnamon and icing sugar.

#6 – China

Characteristics: Chewy, flavory, and flaky, usually served with soy dipping sauce.

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour;
  • ½ teaspoon of salt;
  • 1 cup of oil;
  • ¾ cup and 1 tablespoon of warm water.

How to prepare: In a bowl, add the flour and gradually add warm water, mixing until the dough pulls away from the sides. Knead it for approximately 15 minutes, make it smooth, and cover the bowl with a cloth, letting it sit for approximately 20 minutes. Put flour on the table, divide the dough into 2 balls, and roll each ball into a 1/6-inch think circle. Brush it with a teaspoon of oil and sprinkle some salt over it. Sprinkle half a cup of scallions over the pancake, roll it from one end like a rug, seem the ends, and cut into 2 to 3-inch pieces. Spread them on the discs, dust with flour, and cook in a skillet for about 2 minutes on each side.

#7 – Sweden

Characteristics: Thick and nourishing, usually served with lingonberries and fried pork.


  • Butter for frying;
  • Pepper;
  • ½ cup of milk;
  • 2 baking potatoes;
  • 2 eggs;
  • A pinch of salt;
  • Fresh chives;
  • 1-1/2 trablespoons of heavy cream;
  • 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour;
  • ¼ cup of milk.

How to prepare: Cook the potatoes, mash them with milk, and let the cool. Once they’re cooled, add the rest of the milk, the yolks, salt, chives, pepper, cream, and flour. Beat the egg whites and fold them into the aforementioned mixture, and whisk them until a thick batter forms. Heat a skillet and cook the pancakes in it until they are brown on each side.

#8 – Malaysia

Characteristics: Folded pancakes, usually stuffed with sweat peanut filling.


  • 200 milliliters of milk;
  • ½ tablespoon of salt;
  • 45 grams of sugar;
  • 3 tablespoons of peanuts;
  • 25 grams of butter;
  • 3 tablespoons of baking powder;
  • 2 eggs;
  • 60 milliliters of oil;
  • 160 grams of wheat flour;
  • 3 tablespoons of creamed corn.

How to prepare: In a bowl, mix the milk, oil, and egg, and sift the baking powder, salt, and flour into the mixture. Stir the ingredients, and ladle the batter into a heated pan, letting each serving cook for about 1 minute on each side before you put it on a plate. Onto the pancake, add crushed peaturs, butter, sugar, and creamed corn.

#9 – India

Characteristics: Medium size, usually stuffed with spicy potato curry.

Ingredients for 6 servings:

  • Salt;
  • ½ cup of chopped onion;
  • 3-4 cups of batter – made with rice and urad dal, soaked overnight;
  • 1 tablespoon of jeera;
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped curry leaves;
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped coriander leaves;
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped green chillies.

How to prepare: Mix all the ingredients, and spread a spoonful of batter into the pre-heated griddle. Let it cook on medium on both sides until it browns, and serve hot.

#10 – Greece

Characteristics: Golden colored pancakes, usually served with cinnamon, honey, and yogurt.


  • 2 tablespoons of sugar;
  • 1 cup of water;
  • ½ cups of raisins;
  • ½ tablespoon of baking soda;
  • ½ tablespoon of salt;
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour;
  • 1 cup of Greek yogurt;
  • 2 eggs.

How to prepare: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, slowly adding the flour and whisking it carefully until a thick batter is formed. Add the raising, and in a heated skilled, pour batter and turn it on both sides until it becomes golden. When you are done, take it out and serve with your preferred topping.