Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Around the World with Pancakes: Mexican Hot Cakes

We're trying out pancakes from around the world, looking beyond fluffy pancakes and beyond breakfast food

In Mexico, pancakes are known as hot cakes. Though similar to typical North American pancakes, they differ slightly because they're made with masa harina, dried and powdered corn dough, rather than wheat. They're popular for breakfast and are sold on the streets, eaten at all times of the day and night. They are served with fruit, honey and sweet toppings such as sweetened condensed milk or cajeta (goat milk caramel). 

Mexican street vendors selling hot cakes
Photo Credit: Waywuwei
We used the recipe on the back of the Maseca bag of masa harina that we found in the Mexican foods section of our grocery store. Making hot cakes was also a great excuse to find some cajeta, a caramel made from goat's milk rather popular in Mexico, and in our house. It can be found in Latin grocery stores, in jars and squeeze bottles. We enjoyed these pancakes, and with their strong flavor of cornmeal doused in caramel, they have the perfect flavoring for the fall. 

Hot cakes bought from street vendor with what looks like a fruit preserve topping
Photo Credit: Angelica Portales

Mexican Hot Cakes

Serves 4
As mentioned above, this recipe is from the Maseca brand bag of masa harina

  • 1 cup masa harina
  • scant 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil + more for pan
  • 3/4 cup milk
Maseca is a renown brand of masa harina, generally easily found. The cajeta we bought was the only one available at the only Latin grocery store in our city, I wouldn't know whether this is a comparably good brand - we thought it was tasty, though cajeta we bought while visiting Toronto was delicious, but I don't remember what brand it was. 
1. Sift together the harina, sugar and baking soda. 
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and oil. Gradually incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet, and stir until there are no lumps. 
3. Heat a pan on medium heat and grease lightly with vegetable oil. Pour 1/4 cup batter onto pan. When bubbles appear on the top, flip and cook for about 1 minute more. 
4. Serve with sweet toppings!

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  1. Yum! Stop making me drool and want to cook. I'm trying to lose weight!!

  2. I love caramel, so I would love these, I think! Thanks for linking up.

  3. This may be my favourite blog series, pancakes being my favourite food. (I was about to make some but then decided to sit down and enjoy a few of my favourite blogs first. Wishing I had some masa harina now!)

    1. We're all enjoying this little "trip around the world" - you just can't go wrong with pancakes!


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