Pancake Day Facts, Tips and Tricks

Tuesday, 21st February is Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Pancake Day – an occasion celebrated all over the ‘flipping’ globe, so make sure you're not missing out on the action! We've gathered together our favourite weird and wonderful Pancake Day facts, as well as recipe tips and tricks!

1. Pancakes have traditionally been eaten on Shrove Tuesday for more than 1,000 years!

2. The first recipe for pancakes was listed in the 15th century in an English cookbook.

3. In Canada they celebrate Pancake Day by adding things to their pancakes such as coins, pieces of string, nails, rings, buttons…all cleaned of course!

4. In England, as part of community celebrations for Pancake Day, many towns hold traditional Shrove Tuesday football games, dating as far back as the 12th century.

5. The current Guinness World Record for the most pancakes flipped in one minute is 117 – achieved by Aldo Zilli from Italy in February 2009.

6. The tallest stack of pancakes measured 77 cm (2 ft 6 in) was created by Paul Dedroog and Alfons Lowie from Belgium in January 2011.

7. Before baking soda was invented, cooks often used fresh snow as it contained ammonia, which helped the pancakes come out fluffy and soft.

8. The longest pancake race was held in Melbourne, Australia and covered 384m in 59.5 seconds on 19 Feb. 1995.

9. The largest pancake ever made and flipped measured 15.01m wide, 2.5cm deep and weighed three tonnes.

10. The second side of a pancake only takes half the amount of time to cook as the first.

If that's got your mouths watering, don't miss our favourite Pancake Day recipes. Head on over to our Recipes Section for Brad Jolly's traditional pancake recipe and our super-indulgent Choc-Chip Pancakes recipe.

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