Fun up your flapjacks with this globetrotting round-up of pancake recipes

German: Gingerbread Dutch Baby with Blackberries

gingerbread dutch baby with blackberries
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Despite the name, the Dutch baby has nothing to do with the Netherlands. Some say the name is an Americanization of Deutsch, which means "German" in German. No matter how it got its name, this puffy skillet pancake is easy—and impressive.

English: Rolled Pancakes with Lemon Sugar & Candied Lemon Slices

rolled pancakes with lemon sugar and candied lemon slices
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These thin, crepe-like rolled pancakes are traditionally served on Shrove Tuesday (a.k.a. Fat Tuesday), but Brits also eat them during other times of the year. Sugar and lemon are classic toppings. You can also try a swipe of jam or Nutella for two other tasty versions.

Russian: Everything Blini with Smoked Salmon

everything blini with smoked salmon
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Bite-size blini usually skew savory, not sweet, with buckwheat flour and toppings like sour cream and caviar (a classic combo). This party-perfect version gets all dressed up, everything bagel–style.

American: Bananas Foster Stuffed Pancakes

bananas foster stuffed pancakes
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In the good ol' U.S. of A., fluffy, puffy flapjacks rule. This version gets its height from a combo of leaveners (baking powder and baking soda) and buttermilk, which turbocharges the baking soda and adds tenderness and tang. And because more is more here in the States, we tucked a caramely banana sauce inside the pancakes and added even more on top.

French: Croque Madame Crepes

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Crepe is just French for "pancake." But the word makes a skinny pancake folded around tasty things (like the ham-and-Gruyère combo here) sound fancy, doesn't it?

Recipe: Try our Croque Madame Crepes