Pancakes are one of most popular breakfast items in the United States and in some other countries around the world. We especially enjoy having pancakes with maple syrup, and coffee. Sometimes we tend to eat them as snacks. Why do we love eating them so much, what is so special about pancakes? Some people often take pancakes for granted, and don’t really know their background. What is the history behind pancakes and why are they so popular?
Here are some interesting pancake facts you may not be aware of:
- Pancakes have traditionally been eaten on shrove Tuesday, this use to be way back in days, around a 1000 years ago.
- Pancakes can be found in many cultures around the world, although they might not use the same ingredients as pancakes, they are generally similar in taste and texture.
- Maple syrup, which goes great with pancakes, is actually a tree sap, that comes from the maple tree, which is found mostly in the Canadian region.
- The French often make a wish while turning the pancake during the cooking process, while holding a coin in the other hand.
- The first recipe for pancakes were listed in the 15th century, in a English cookbook.
- The world’s largest pancake was cooked in Roch-dale Manchester in the year 1994, which was around 15 meters in diameter, weighed 3 tons, and had a whopping two million calories.
- Pancake tossing can be considered a funny sport, one such person ran a marathon while continuously tossing a pancake for three hours.
- William Shakespeare loved pancakes so much, that he mentioned them in his plays.
- A fairly new trend that has emerged just recently are pancakes sandwiches.
- Long time ago, before baking soda was invented, cooks often used freshly fallen snow, as a secret ingredient which contained ammonia, that made pancakes come out nice and soft.
- Pancakes are often made on griddle, that is because griddle cooking is quite older than baking.
- If you use baking soda along with butter milk as an ingredient for pancakes, the baking soda, will remove the acidic properties that often come with butter milk, thus a better tasting pancake.
- In Europe pancakes are often eaten on easter day, as a they have a quite a significance related to easter.
- Pancakes when in their original state are pour-able batter type which are made of milk, flour, butter, and eggs. Unlike breads, which tend to be semi solid.