CELEBRATING PANCAKE DAY
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 5th March 2019
Today is Shrove Tuesday or as we refer to it Pancake Day. A much more fun name.
In kitchens around the country, people will be flipping pancakes in an annual tradition.
The idea of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday has been around for more than 1,000 years.
In the days before people could give up chocolate and crisps, making pancakes was a way of using up rich foods such as eggs, milk and sugar before the fasting season of Lent.
For many Christians, the 40 days of Lent mean eating plainer foods and refusing meals that are a pleasure to eat.
In many cultures this means no meat, dairy or eggs.
In celebration of Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, here are 10 fascinating facts about the age old tradition:
- The biggest pancake ever made was 15 metres wide and 2.5cm deep. It contained two million calories.
- The first pancake recipe appeared in an English cookbook in the 15th century.
It is said to have originated in Olney when a housewife was so busy making pancakes that she forgot the time. When she heard the church bells ringing for mass she ran out of her house, still carrying her pan and pancake. Olney still has a pancake race every year.
- The largest number of pancakes tossed in the shortest amount of time is 349 tosses in two minutes, which was achieved by Dean Gould at Felixstowe, Suffolk in 1995.
- The longest race in the quickest time was held in Melbourne, Australia. Jan Stickland covered 384m in 59.5 seconds on 19 February 1985.
- On average, people in the UK eat two pancakes each on Pancake Day. That means that 117 million pancakes are eaten on the day.
- In France it is traditional to touch the handle of the frying pan and make a wish while the pancake is turned, holding a coin in one hand.
- On Pancake Day in Newfoundland, Canada, people place items in the pancake batter before it is cooked to tell the future for family members.
- 52 million eggs are consumed in the UK on Pancake Day. That’s 22 million more than a normal day.
- In the olden days, cooks would use snow in their pancakes as it made them soft and fluffy in texture.
- Pancake Tuesday is known as Carnivale in Italy which comes from the Latin for ‘goodbye to the flesh’.
Gallery: Pancake day recipes: savoury recipes for the perfect Shrove Tuesday dinner (Hello Magazine UK)
Happiness is…tossing a pancake and then…catching it
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