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Every civilization somehow learned that grains ground into flour became cakes or patties with the addition of a little liquid. The next step was to singe them on a hot rock to make them crisp. Presto! Simple, early hot food.

Fast forward to colonial America and a much later time. Here, slaves carried homemade dry pancake "mixes" in a pouch to the fields with them. When it was time to eat, they added water to the pouch, worked it into a batter and baked patties on a hot hoe over an open fire.