A question I have always struggled to answer is whether I prefer pancakes or waffles. I love both, and depending on my mood I may choose to order one over the other. But the question still stands, which one is really the best?
The History of the Pancake and the Waffle:
Pancakes have been around for thousands of years. Ancient Greeks and Romans made pancakes from wheat flour, olive oil, honey, and curdled milk. Some ancient writers even featured pancakes in their poetry.
Waffles have been around since the 14th century, originating in France and England. Waffles were originally made in long-handled cooking irons that would be placed over a fire. In 1789 Thomas Jefferson returned to the US from France with new French recipes including the waffle, which gained quick popularity in America.
Pros of the Pancake:
Pancakes do not require a special cooking iron to make their shape, so they require less materials to make.
Pancakes soak up the topping faster than waffles do, so each bite has a lot of flavor.
Pancakes typically have less sugar than waffles, so they can be a healthier breakfast option.
Pros of the Waffle:
Waffles are accepted as both fork and finger food.
Making good looking waffles is easier than making good looking pancakes, because the waffle iron does all the work for you.
Waffles are less messy than pancakes because the indentations of the waffle hold all of the toppings inside.
Waffles also take much longer to get soggy than pancakes because they are cooked to have a little crust on the outside to give diners a delectable crunch.
Waffles can not only be eaten with fruit or syrup as a sweet dish, but also as a savory dish when paired with fried chicken.
In conclusion waffles are the superior breakfast food. Their unique shape and texture bring extra excitement to breakfast, and provide a neater way to enjoy a sweet treat in the morning. While both waffles and pancakes are undeniably delicious, I believe that waffles bring more to the table.
“The History of Pancakes: Kate’s Kitchen: Kansas City.” Kates Kitchen KC, 9 Dec. 2020, www.kateskitchenkc.com/blog/the-history-of-pancakes/.
Yve Colby, August 23. “Pass the Syrup and Enjoy a Slice of History for National Waffle Day.” National Museum of American History, 28 Aug. 2017, americanhistory.si.edu/blog/history-waffle#:~:text=Waffle%2Dmaking%20made%20its%20way,Dutch%20colonists%20in%20the%201620s.&text=While%20the%20waffle%20iron%20can,of%20long%20handles%20called%20reins.