A pancake is not just any cake, it is a cake created for nourishment and a warm welcome to the world we wake up in. You could try the cousins: waffles, crepes, blinis, or drop-scones. But why? When you could go with buttermilk, buckwheat, honey, potato, blueberry, cinnamon, peanut butter, or chocolate chip drenched in syrup, butter, honey, berries, nutella, with bananas… hungry yet?
There’s more to a pancake than just flour, eggs, butter, salt, sugar, milk and baking powder. The history of pancakes goes all the way back to ancient Greece, 5 BC, when it was first mentioned. Pancakes are the earliest cereal food recognized across all cultures and nations.
In the Netherlands pancakes are meant for dinner. Scotts have pancakes with their tea in the afternoon. During the pig-slaughter feast in Spain, they will add blood into their sweet cakes made especially for carnivals. A common practice in Christian religions is to celebrate Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday before Lent begins. The Tuesday before Ash Wednesday in olden times was the day all perishable foods were used up in order to prevent waste during the next 40 days of fasting in Lent.
In America, we have an entire day devoted to celebrating pancakes – today is national pancake day and IHOP gives customers a free stack of pancakes and asks that guests consider offering a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or other charities. After scrolling below to whet your appetite you should go pay your local IHOP a visit. Follow us back to Newscom if you need more prompting!
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