Perhaps it is because hotcakes often appeared in the picture books I read as a child, but just hearing the word "hotcake" makes me feel very happy and hungry. In the past 10 years or so, the word "pancake" has become widespread, with foreign pancake specialty stores landing in Japan. It has also become possible to enjoy various types of pancakes, such as those with soufflés and hearty toppings. However, my personal favorite is the picture-book "hotcake," which is made by spreading the batter all over the pan and cooking it thickly and firmly. I decided to look into the terms "hotcake" and "pancake" because I feel that I have been using the two terms ambiguously.

"Hotcake" is the English word "pancake," a general term for a cake that is cooked round and flat in a flat-bottomed pan like a frying pan. The origin of the term is not known, but it is very old. In ancient Greece and Rome, pancakes sweetened with honey were already being eaten. On the other hand, pancakes were first introduced to Japan in 1884 when a recipe for "thin mochi" appeared in the "Encyclopedia, Vol. 2" compiled by Wilhelm Chamblee and translated by the Ministry of Education. Later, in 1923, it was marketed as "ハットケーキ (hotcake)" in the cafeteria of the Mitsukoshi Department Store in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, and in 1931, Home Foods launched "ホットケーキの素 (hotcake base)." As for the origin of the name, it was named "hot" cake because it is eaten freshly cooked and warm. It may be fresh in your memory that pancake mix became scarce in Japan during the Corona disaster because it could be easily made at home. It turns out that pancakes came to Japan as "pancakes" and gradually became "hotcakes" loved by children and adults alike.

With Rikucho Ogasawara's Frying Pan, you can cook hotcakes of any size and thickness at home. Stack the desired number of hotcakes, top with squares of butter, and you have the hotcakes from the picture book. How about a holiday morning starting with hotcakes?

Rikucho Ogasawara's Frying Pan
Rikucho Ogasawara's Mini Pan
Okubo House Mokkosha's Cooking Spoon
Sori Yanagi's Stainless Steel Bowl
Sori Yanagi's Whisk
Noda Horo's Butter Case