Pancake Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than gathering friends and family in the kitchen to crack out a favourite recipe? Also known as Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day got its nickname from the practice of making pancakes to use up all the household ingredients before the beginning of Lent. Here are 17 Bright Ideas to celebrate Pancake Day:
Get cooking! – To help get your creative juices flowing, Australian Eggs has created this delicious and healthy recipe: Crêpes with Pineapple, Passion Fruit, Raspberries and Honey. Taking just 15 minutes preparation time, simply top with low fat yoghurt and cinnamon to serve – they won’t flop with the family.
Have a pancake race – Pancake races have been held for more than 500 years on Shrove Tuesday. Similar to an egg and spoon race, these annual events traditionally see contestants dress in aprons and scarves and race down a course flipping a pancake in a frying pan. Why not create your own race at home?
Have your own Pancake Day celebration at home, school or work – Festivities and celebrations occur across the globe on Shrove Tuesday with many people donning large masks and playing jokes on bystanders. This is an easy way to share the fun on Pancake Day.
Stack them – The tallest stack of pancakes measured 77cm and was achieved on 23 January 2011. Taking card houses to new heights, test your skills and see how many pancakes you can stack.
Create Fortune Teller pancakes – On Pancake Day in Newfoundland, Canada, people place objects with symbolic value into the pancake batter to be cooked. These items are intended to be symbolic of the future and the person who receives each item interprets the gift according to the tradition.
Toss pancakes – The record for the most tosses of a pancake in one minute is 140, achieved by Australian chef Brad Jolly on behalf of Australian Eggs during an event in Sydney on 21 February 2012. Can you crack this record?
Make crepes – Pancakes have different names around the world with crepes being the most common example. Try out the French speciality this Pancake Day with this basic recipe.
Set a world record – The most pancakes made in one hour by an individual is 956! See if you can beat the record, but remember to invite friends and family so they can help you eat them.
Watch a funny pancake video – The most watched pancake related video on YouTube is of cartoon character Pingu and his family making pancakes – aw! It’s been watched over 13 million times and counting. Take a look for yourself.
Try something different – Just about every country has its own version of the pancake. Some of the best known are: buckwheat flour galettes of Brittany; sweet Cretan tiganítes of Greece; Moroccan semolina baghrir and Russian buckwheat-flour blinis. Pancake Day offers the perfect opportunity to try a new recipe.
Follow a tradition – One of the oldest pancake traditions takes place in Olney, Buckinghamshire and dates back to 1445. On Shrove Tuesday, at the sound of the church bell, local housewives race with their pancake and frying pan to the church. This tradition still carries on today and the Olney pancake race has become one of the most famous pancake races in the world.
Make pancakes with a twist – Do you love strawberries on your pancakes? Try adding a dash of balsamic vinegar this Pancake Day. Trust us, they make a lovely combination. The sweet undertones of the balsamic bring a lovely sharp twist to the fruit.
Make lots & lots of them – If you’ve got a family of big eaters, try cracking the world record for the most pancakes made in eight hours. At a total of 6,382, you’ll need a very hot pan to beat that.
Use your imagination – Spoil the kids by creating the ultimate, sweet burger! Simply place between two pancake ‘buns’, a double chocolate chip cookie ‘patty’ and some coloured coconut ‘lettuce’. Isn’t it amazing what you can do with just a few ingredients and a little imagination?
Have pancakes for lunch or dinner – Pancakes are versatile and can be enjoyed at any time of day in sweet or savoury combinations. Try hiding veggies in some delicious savoury pancakes by adding grated carrot or zucchini to the batter.
Go to new heights – The highest pancake toss, by Dominic Cuzzacrea, was in November 2010. See if you can beat his monumental flip, which measured 9.47m. Warning, it’s best to try this outdoors!
Find the best pancake flippers in your family – The most pancakes thrown and caught in one minute by a team of two is 46 and was achieved on 26 September 2009. How many of your family are willing to try?
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