The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”
For today’s DYK fun food facts we will look at Pancakes.
The Facts: Pancakes have a long history, dated back to the times of Ancient Romans and it was believed in Medieval times that the first three pancakes cooked were sacred. They were each marked with a cross before being sprinkled with salt and then set aside to ward off evil.
- Pancakes are found almost in every culture. It is a thin flat cake made from batter and fried in a pan or on a griddle. Batter is usually made from eggs, flour, milk or water, oil or melted butter. Sometimes batter can be made from buttermilk.
- September 26th is National Pancake Day.
- January 28th is National Blueberry Pancake Day.
- Maple syrup which is often used as a topping, was originally a sweet drink which was discovered by the Algonquin Indians. To make this drink, sap was collected from Canadian sugar maple trees and next it was boiled.
- The first ready-mix food which was sold commercially was Aunt Jemima pancake flour. It was invented in 1889 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
- It is common in France to touch the handle of the frying pan and to make a wish while the pancake is turned, holding a coin in one hand.
- The first pancake recipe appeared in an English cookbook in the fifteenth century.
- World’s biggest 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.
- Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli in 2005 year set the world record for the highest pancake toss at 329cm.
- The French crêpe is thin and crispy. It is folded or rolled and heated in a sauce of sugar, butter, citrus juice and liqueur.
- Russian blintz are usually prepared with buckwheat and they are thin, crispy pancakes served with caviar and sour cream or folded and filled with jam and cream cheese.
- One pancake fan ran a marathon while continually tossing a pancake for three hours, two minutes and twenty seven seconds.