Fascinating Facts About Pancakes

by Ben Panny

1. The tradition of consuming pancakes on Shrove Tuesday in practically 1000 years old.

2. On Pancake Day in Newfoundland men and women place items in the pancake batter prior to it's cooked to foretell the future for family members. If it takes place that boy receives item for a trade, it means he will enter the trade but if a girls receives item from a trade, it signifies she will marry an individual from trade.

3. Maple syrup that is frequently used as a topping, was initially a sweet drink which was discovered by the Algonquin Indians. To create this drink, sap was collected from Canadian sugar maple trees and next it was boiled.

4. The very first ready-mix food which was sold commercially was Aunt Jemima pancake flour. It was invented in 1889 in St. Joseph, Missouri. It wasn't very common at the beginning.

5. It is popular in France to touch the handle of the frying pan and to make a wish when the pancake is turned, holding a coin in the other hand.

6. Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday is called "Carnivale' in Italy (from the Latin for 'goodbye to the flesh') Fasnacht' in Germany (night of the rapid) and 'Mardi Gras' (actually 'Fat Tuesday') is celebrated in areas as diverse as Brazil, New Orleans, and Australia. In Iceland the day is called 'Sprengidagur' (bursting day) and is known for the tradition of eating salt, meat and peas. In Greece it is named 'Apocreas', which indicates 'from the meat', as it's traditional for Greeks not to consume meat through Lent.

7. The first recorded pancake day was in Olney, Buchinghamshire in 1445 year.

8. The longest race in the quickest time was held in Melbourne in Australia. Man called Jan Stickland covered wonderful 345 meters in 59.5 seconds. It was in 1985 year.

9. The biggest variety of pancakes tossed in the shortest level of time in the UK is 349 tosses in 2 minutes. (Dean Gould at Felixstowe, Suffolk, 14 January 1995).

10. World's greatest pancake was cooked in Rochdale (Greater Manchester) in 1994, which was 15 metres in diameter, weighted three tonnes and had an estimated two million calories.

11. Word 'shrove' comes from the archaic English verb 'to shrive' which means to absolve folks from their sins. In the Middle Ages it was very prevalent for priests to hear people's confessions to prepare them for Lent.

12. In the US, Pancake Day is commonly generally known as Mardi Gras. In French 'Mardi Gras' indicates Fat Tuesday.

13. Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli in 2005 year set the world record for the highest pancake toss at 329cm.

14. Russian blins are normally prepared with buckwheat and they are thin, crispy pancakes served with caviar and sour cream or folded and filled with jam and cream cheese.

15. One pancake fan ran a marathon while continually tossing a pancake for three hours, two minutes and twenty seven seconds.

16. In 1986 was hold an event known as World's Largest Pancake Breakfast. It was revived for the 350th anniversary of Massachusetts. This breakfast has been held each year since then and hundreds of volunteers assist throughout this event. An awesome quantity of 71,233 serving of pancakes had been served to over than 40 thousand people in 1999.

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