I know what you are saying right now: how can I need a reason to love pancakes other than them being scrumptious? Well, the truth is, you don’t. And if you are expecting easy to make pancake recipes that always render delicious results, then go ahead and visit the link given. If, on the other hand, you are curious as to what hotcakes can be made of, or what are some of the records associated with them, be sure to read through. If you love fun facts, you are in for a treat!
- Pancakes are omnipresent
Let’s start from the very beginning. Yes, we all know the American version and the French version (crêpes) but the thing is, this delightful desert has many different disguises and can be found all over the world. Some of the most famous pancake recipe variations include the Austrian Kaiserschmarrn, the Indian Dosa, and the Philippine Bibingka.
- The Dutch baby isn’t Dutch at all
Although one might think this incredibly delicious puffed cake originated in the Netherlands, the truth is its country of origin is Germany. The confusion is understandable if you know a little bit of German. Anyone with a basic knowledge of the language knows that German is Deutsch, so, they were called “Deutsch Pancakes”, mistakenly pronounced “Dutch” by Americans. It all probably took place in the 1900s in The Manca’s Cafe in Seattle, Washington. The owner, Victor Manca first introduced the Dutch baby along with the wrong pronunciation.
- Blood pancake recipes exist
Did you know that there are recipes that call for blood? Well, they are called Blodplättar, and are served in the Scandinavian countries. Also known by the names veriohukainen and verilätty you will find these pancakes in Finland, Sweden and Norway and the main ingredient in the pancake recipe is whipped blood. If you have tried black pudding, then I must tell you the taste is very similar, only the blood pancakes are thinner, and with that, crispier.
- The charcoal pancake recipe is the newest hit.
If you thought you’ve seen it all, I am here to prove you wrong. There exist BLACK hotcakes that can actually help you deal with hangover. The magic ingredient behind it all is the activated charcoal (2 teaspoons of it to be more precise). The other ingredients you will need to prepare this pancake recipe include one and a half cups of whole wheat flour, two and a half teaspoons of baking powder, two tablespoons of coconut Sugar, three and a half tablespoons of melted coconut oil, a cup of almond or coconut milk and one egg.
- Cabbage pancake recipes are way more interesting than you think.
Well, this might not seem like an unusual recipe to you, but the Okonomiyaki pancakes were a true shocker for me. The cabbage based hotcake leaves room for experimenting with other ingredients and if you order it in Japan be prepared to make the pancakes yourselves. The literal translation of okonomiyaki is “as you want” so you are given the chance to prepare your hotcakes as you please.
- The biggest pancake ever
The world’s biggest pancake ever was prepared in Rochdale (Greater Manchester) in 1994, and it was incredible 49 feet and 3 inches in diameter (15 meters) and 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) thick. It weighed 6,614 lb. (3 tones) and had an amazing amount of two million calories. You can imagine how much maple syrup would have been spent to serve this gigantic hotcake with. J And while you are still imagining, what do you think they used to flip this hotcake with?
- The largest pancake toss
The highest recorded pancake toss was 372 inches (9.47 meters) and the credit for it can go to Dominic Cuzzacrea. This happened in 2010 at the Walden Galleria Mall in Cheektowaga, New York and is still the world record for the highest toss 7 years later.
- Most pancakes thrown and caught in 1 minute
We’ve all been there, trying to catch the pancake in the pan after tossing it. Well, yet another record made in New York has to do with tossing as well. But this time catching the pancake is of utmost importance. Ashrita Furman and Bipin Larkin managed to throw and catch 46 pancakes in 60 seconds in 2009.
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- “Flat as a pancake” dates back to 1611.
Regardless of whether the hotcakes you are preparing are the regular American or one of the many other national variations, one thing they all have in common is they are flat. So, the disparaging catchphrase above used to describe flat-chested women and flat level terrain, such as that of the state of Kansas has been around since the 17th century.
- Pancakes Made Their Way in Shakespeare’s plays
Somewhere around that time (the beginning of the 17th century) Shakespeare wrote two of his best comedies As You Like It and All’s Well That Ends Well and pancakes are mentioned in both plays. Who knows, maybe the bard wrote all of his plays while devouring a delicious hotcake stack. J
I hope you’ve managed to read the text through. If so, now you are equipped with enough info to be the smart aleck next time you and your friends have a casual cooking gathering. Just kidding J. But, while no one wants to be the smart aleck of their company, maybe these facts will help you win over a pancake lover’s heart. Good luck! J