Pancake Tuesday

February 12, 2013

Pancake Tuesday

So the Pope may have resigned yesterday but thankfully that hasn’t impeded on my favourite holiday of the Catholic calendar. Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday as it is more affectionately known is in full swing. Already trending on Twitter pancakes are top of mind today, and rightly so!

 Pancake Tuesday Trends on TwitterAnd it seems today isn’t the only day dedicated to celebrating pancakes. Brands are often seeking ways to associate themselves with different holidays and International House Of Pancakes is no different, (I’ll be first to admit that this is a natural fit). Launched on Pancake Tuesday in 2006 IHOP National Pancake Day is an initiative from the company to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and since then has raised over US$10 million. The idea is simple in return for a stack of buttermilk pancakes customers are asked to leave a small donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals© or other designated local charities. 

 

Finally to celebrate this great day here’s some fun facts about pancakes and pancake Tuesday; 

  • Traditionally the making of pancakes was in order to use up remaining stocks of ‘rich food’, i.e. eggs, flour and butter before the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday.
  • Today according to the Irish Egg Association some 15 million eggs will be used around the country in the making of pancakes, and 96% of us plan to enjoy at least one. 
  • The first recorded pancake race was in Olney, Buckinghamshire in England in 1445.
Onley Pancake Tuesday Race

Local housewives from Onley take part in the annual Pancake Race

  • 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.
  • The current Guinness World Record for the most pancakes flipped in one minute is 117 – achieved by Aldo Zilli from Italy in February 2009.
  • The largest pancake ever made and flipped measured 15.01m wide, 2.5cm deep and weighed three tonnes.
  • The second side of a pancake only takes half the amount of time to cook as the first

Happy flipping!

-Sorcha 

 

 

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