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Pancake Fun Facts

What’s your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Me, it’s pancakes! There are so many different ways you can make them but for me, the end result is always delicious. But what do you really know about pancakes? Sure you have a go-to recipe but do you know when it was invented and other cool facts? Well if you’d like to know more about your favorite breakfast dish, then let this infographic give you more things to talk about for breakfast.

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All About Pancakes

Pancake Day

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  • In the U.K., we consume an average of 2 pancakes per person on Shrove Tuesday which means that we eat around 117 million pancakes in one day! That’s over 9.3 Billion calories!
  • Pancake average calories: 80 calories without a topping.
  • Britain will eat an egg-straordinary 52 million eggs on Pancake Day.
  • Pancake bunny who balances pancakes on his head became a viral hit way back in 2010.
  • 75% of people don’t know that ingredients needed for the basic pancake mix!
  • One in ten over 55 have never made a pancake!

Just about every country has its own version of pancake. Some of the best known are:

Flour Galettes

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  • buckwheat flour galettes of Brittany
  • sweet Cretan tiganites of Greece
  • Moroccan semolina baghrir
  • Russian buckwheat flour blinis

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Unusual pancake toppings:

Pancake Toppings

Pancakes with Red Caviar and Sour Cream. image source

  • Sour cream and caviar
  • Ketchup and mustard
  • Peanut butter and ice cream
  • Coco pops and cream
  • Cream cheese and strawberries

Early Pancakes

Pancake History

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  • Shrove Tuesday is a Christian festival to mark the start of Lent
  • Shrove‘ stems from the old English word…Shrive… meaning ‘confess all sins’
  • Pancakes have traditionally been eaten on Shrove Tuesday for more than 1,000 years!
  • The first pancake recipe appeared in a 15th century English cookbook.
  • The first pancake ever made in the Midlands was fed to chickens to ensure they had perfect fertility throughout the year!
  • One of the oldest pancake traditions takes place in Olney, Buckinghamshire and dates back to 1445. On Shrove Tuesday, at the sound of the church bell, local housewives race with their pancake and frying pan to the church.
  • Before baking soda was invented, cooks often used fresh snow as it contained ammonia, which helped the pancakes come out fluffy and soft.
  • In England, many towns hold traditional Shrove Tuesday football games dating as far back as the 12th century.
  • It is customary in France to touch the handle of the frying pan and make a wish while the pancake is turned, holding a coin in one hand.

Pancake Races

Pancake Race

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  • Pancake races are commonplace in some areas.
  • The longest race in the quickest time was held in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Jan Stickland covered 384 m in 59.5 secs on February 19, 1985.
  • The first recorded race was in Olney, Buckinghamshire in 1445.

Pancake Records

Pancake Stack

2012 Guinness World Record of Largest Stack of Pancakes. image source

  • The largest number of pancake tosses in the shortest time was 349 in two minutes.
  • The largest stack of pancakes was made up of 60 huge pancakes and measured an impressive 76cm tall which broke the Guinness World Record in 2012.
  • The largest pancake ever made and flipped measured 15.01 m wide, 2.5 cm deep and weighed 3 tonnes. In Rochdale, Greater Manchester in 1994.
  • The world’s largest pancake breakfast was held in Springfield MA, America in 2012.
  • The most watched pancake related video in YouTube is of Pingu and his family making pancakes…it’s been viewed over 10 Million times!
  • The fastest flipper is Australian celebrity chef Brad Jolly: 140 flips in 60 seconds.
  • The record for the most people simultaneously tossing pancakes is 890 and was achieved at an event organised by the University of Sheffield UK, in February 2012.
  • Andrei Smirnov holds the world record for most pancakes eaten in an hour… 73 pancakes!
  • Mike Cuzzacrea ran the New York Marathon in 1999 in 3hr, 2 min and 27 seconds tossing a pancake as he ran.

Want to watch the most watched pancake related video of Pingu? Check it out here!

Aren’t pancakes remarkable? Let us know what your favorite pancake is in the comments below!


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