Some of the Most Interesting facts about pancakes

Sep 10 08:21 2009 Luka Malgaj Print This Article

If you are one of those legions of pancake lovers, you will love these facts. For those of you who don’t know what pancakes are, pancakes are thin flat cakes made from batter and fried in a skillet or on a griddle, thus the alternate name griddlecake.

The world’s largest pancake breakfast was held back in 1986 at Springfield,Guest Posting Massachusetts . Till date, the tradition has been kept up every year. If one had to take all the pancakes from one of the more recent installments of this fest, and pile them upon one another, what they would get is a two mile high tower.

The oldest available recipe for a pancake dates back to the fifteenth century. On the other hand, shrove Tuesday(known by several different names across the world)- the day which precedes the season of lent is associated with consuming pancakes in many parts of the world and this practice is known to be over a thousand years old.

In many parts of the United States, Shrove Tuesday is known as Mardi Gras, a name more recognized by many and another name less known- pancake day.

A holder of many guiness records, Dean Gould, also holds the record for the most pancake tosses in two minutes- a whopping 399 (officially). While he claims that 424 is his best otherwise.

Diameter: 15.01m wide, depth: 2.5cm and Weight: 3 tonnes- that is what the world’s largest pancake ever made had measured. Consuming this would give you roughly a couple of million calories!

At times pancake batter is made from buttermilk.

A marathoner who was also a pancake aficionado ran a marathon while tossing a pancake continuously for three hours and two minutes.

If you are French, this wouldn’t amuse you- In France, while holding a coin in one hand, the frying pan is touched with the other, and a wish is made as the pancake is tossed. This is quite a common practice.

Jan Stickland is a man who holds yet another record of sorts- for covering 345 meters in 59.5 seconds(running) while tossing pancakes.

What are known as Russian blins are actually thin pancakes made of buckwheat batter. They’re usually had with caviar and sour cream, or alternately with jam and cream cheese.

Another pancake tossing record- celebrated chef Aldo Zilli holds the honour this time for tossing the highest pancake- an amazing 329cm, back in the year 2005.


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