Ancient Greek pancakes recipe (tiganites)
- Cuisine: Greek
- Prep Time: 5 min(s)
- Cook Time: 20 min(s)
- Makes 20 small pancakes
Pancakes have been a popular breakfast dish in Greece since the 6th century BC (over 2,500 years). In Ancient Greece they were garnished with honey and sesame seeds, or honey, fruits and nuts. Author and chef Maria Benardis of Greekalicious talks us through making these delicious pancakes.
Athenaus in his works advised us of the Athenian comic poet who described in his writings the steam rising from tiganetes in the morning as “it will rain raisins and the dew will be warm pancakes”.
It is believed that tiganites were the first documented pancakes in the world.
Serve with some Greek-style yoghurt or soft myzithra cheese on the side.
Ingredients1 cup plain flour
½ cup currants
½ tsp sea salt
1–1¼ cup water
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
¼ tsp ground cinnamon, to garnish
1 tbsp honey, to garnish
50g crushed walnuts or toasted sesame seeds, to garnish
PreparationAdd the flour, currants, sea salt, water and olive oil in a bowl and mix well until all the ingredients are well combined. You should end up with a thin paste consistency.
Heat up a frying pan with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Using a tablespoon spoon the mixture into the frying pan to form five pancakes and cook until they are golden brown on each side. This takes about a minute on each side.
Repeat this process until the batter is finished.
Place all the pancakes on a serving platter and garnish with cinnamon, honey and walnuts. Serve hot.
©2012 Maria Benardis
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