Pancakes Facts

Pancakes Facts
Pancakes are flat, thin, and usually round batter-based cake-type food. They usually contain eggs, flour, butter, and milk and are cooked on a frying pan or griddle. In North America pancakes are made with a leavening agent to cause them to rise while in Britain they are much thinner like a crepe. Although commonly served at breakfast they can be eaten any time of day. Toppings that are commonly used include fruit, syrup, jam, and in some cases meat or chocolate chips. Pancakes have existed since before the Ancient Greeks began to make them, in the 5th century, and the Romans are believed to have been making them as far back as the 1st century AD.
Interesting Pancakes Facts:
The Ancient Romans called pancakes 'Alita Dolcia' which means 'another sweet'.
Southerners in the United States account for roughly 32.5% of all pancakes eaten in the country.
Mardi Gras and International Pancake Day fall on the same day. This is also called Shrove Tuesday in observation of the day before Lent begins.
Blodplattar is a Swedish pancake dish that is made of pork blood.
Eating the most pancakes won't earn a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as this category does not exist yet.
Some artists create images of celebrities with their batter that look very much like the person.
Potato pancakes fried in oil are made during Hanukkah to represent the miraculous oil lamp of the Jewish holiday.
In the United States maple syrup is a favourite pancake topping. More than 3 million gallons is produced in most years.
In 2010 Dominic Cuzzecrea flipped a pancake 31'1" to set a world record for highest pancake toss.
In Disney's Magic Kingdom at River Belle Terrace, pancakes can be served in a Mickey Mouse shape.
Since 1445 the town of Olney in England has been celebrating Pancake Day with an annual pancake race.
Two pancakes served with butter and maple syrup carries about 520 calories.
The biggest pancake in the world weighed 6,614 pounds and was over 49 feet in diameter.
The most expensive pancake in the world is made with 24 carat gold leaf and Madagascan vanilla pods and is sold at Opus in England's Printworks, for $200.
In the Horn of Africa pancakes are known as injera or canjeero.
In Kenya pancakes are an alternative to bread at breakfast.
Pancakes in South Africa are actually crepes.
In China pancakes are made with dough instead of batter.
Indonesian pancakes are made with coconut milk and rice flour.
Japanese pancakes are made with egg, flour, and cabbage.
On Pancake Day in Britain it is estimated that 52 million eggs are consumed.
The record for most pancake flips in two minutes is 349.
The French make a wish before flipping their pancakes. They flip the pancake with one hand and hold a coin in the other.
Strange pancake toppings include sour cream, caviar, ketchup, mustard, and peanut butter.
The record for most pancakes served in eight hours is 34,818, according the Guinness World Record book.


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