from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A flat stone or slate on which cakes are baked.
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I will keep the front room ready and welsh cakes on the bakestone:
Elizabeth David in 'English Bread and Yeast Cookery', comments that the chemical raising agents available to the home-baker from the second half of the 19th century, were first used to introduce some lightness into 'biscuits, girdle scones, oatcakes, and other bakestone products that had previously been made without an aerating agent'.
A pancake was a 'cake' cooked on a heated flat-surface; historically a bakestone, hearthstone or girdle, and eventually a pan.
Scotch pancakes are one of many Scottish cakes cooked on a flat bakestone or girdle griddle to the English.