In Britain, Ireland, Canada and Australia, Pancake Day celebrated on Shrove Tuesday. It’s the day before Lent, when Christians observe abstinence for 45 days before Easter. It is also known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, especially in the Americas.
The custom is to empty the pantry of all sugar, fats and eggs to avoid temptation and reduce waste. And what are these ingredients good for? Pancakes, of course!
Here is a list of pancake facts in numbers:
The number of eggs Brits use to make pancakes on Pancake Day.
The Guinness World Record for the most number of pancakes served in eight hours at the Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, United States, in May 2009.
The record for the number of pancakes made by an individual in one hour set by Ross McCurdy, owner of the Oak Table Cafe in Washington in August 2013.
The price of the most expensive pancake in the world, created in 2014 at Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel’s Opus One restaurant in Manchester, Britain. It includes lobster, caviar and Dom Pérignon champagne. (That’s RM4,300!)
The age of the oldest pancake race in the world. The Annual Pancake Race in the village of Olney, England, was held for the first time in 1445. According to legend, when the church bells rang for Shrove Tuesday service that day, a housewife had not finished cooking her pancakes and not wishing to ruin them, she ran to the church with pan in hand. In memory of this housewife, women in Olney compete every Shrove Tuesday in a 415-yard (380m) race in which they must carry a pancake in a skillet.
The number of flips done in 60 seconds by Australian celebrity chef Brad Jolly in Sydney in 2012.
The tallest stack of pancakes in The Guinness Book Of World Records was set in the Netherlands in October 2014.
The number of pancakes eaten in 17 minutes and 26 seconds. Hayden Wilson piled on this stack at a Pancake Parlour event in Melbourne, Australia, in 2013.
The highest pancake toss by Dominic Cuzzacrea in New York in November 2010. He beat his own previous record by 30cm.
The weight of the largest pancake ever made. It measured 15m wide and was made in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, in August 1994.
Malaysia has its own versions of pancakes: 5 pancakes that are totally Malaysian
And here’s a recipe for lempeng pisang.
Find out about other pancakes from around the world: Around the world in pancakes
And here are some tips on how to make pancakes – 4 ways.
For thin crepe-like pancakes that you can stuff with fillings, go to this recipe (a video comes with the story).