Food in Haverhill: Celebrating the Rich History of Pancakes

Unbeknownst to many, the pancake has a rich history! While we love a good pancake here at Raff’s Cafe just as much as the next. And we also love delving into the origins. In anticipation of National Pancake Day on the 21st, we’re talking about some of the best food in Haverhill – you guessed it, homemade pancakes! Enjoy!


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The evolution of the pancake.

Believe it or not, the history of pancakes can be traced back to ancient civilizations! It was then that pancakes were made from a variety of grains and served as a staple food. The ancient Greeks and Romans made pancakes called “tagenites,” which were made from wheat flour and honey. In medieval Europe, pancakes were commonly made from barley or oatmeal. They were often served as a cheap and filling meal for the lower classes.


In the United States, pancakes have been a popular breakfast food since colonial times. In the 19th century, pancakes made from wheat, flour, and eggs became more popular. Adding baking powder and milk also made them lighter and fluffier. Today, pancakes come in several varieties, including buttermilk pancakes, blueberry pancakes, and even vegan pancakes made with plant-based ingredients.


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An easy at-home recipe.

Traditional American pancakes are a staple for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner! For the days you can’t join our family at Raff’s, here’s an easy at-home recipe.



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)



  1. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the egg and then mix the milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract (if using).
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined (don’t overmix). The batter will be lumpy.
  4. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat. Grease the surface with butter or cooking spray.
  5. Use a ladle or measuring cup to pour batter onto the skillet/griddle. Use about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake.
  6. Cook until bubbles form on the surface of the pancake, then flip and cook until golden brown.
  7. Serve with butter and syrup or your favorite toppings.


For extra flavor, add blueberries, bananas, chocolate chips or other fruits or nuts you like to the batter before cooking!


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Looking for the best food in Haverhill? Eat pancakes at Raff’s Cafe!

National Pancake Day is February 21st. Do you really need any more reason than that to visit Haverhill’s most beloved cafe? Here at Raff’s we’re cooking up the freshest, fluffiest, and always made to order pancakes topped with your favorites! Stop in and visit us to experience the best food in Haverhill for yourself! We look forward to serving you!

We’re Open!

Monday:           6:00 am – 2:00 pm

Tuesday:          6:00 am – 1:00 pm

Wednesday:    6:00 am – 2:00 pm

Thursday:        6:00 am – 1:00 pm

Friday:              6:00 am – 2:00 pm

Saturday:         6:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sunday:           7:00 am – 2:00 pm

620 Primrose St. Haverhill, Ma 01830

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