September 26 is National Pancake Day! Actually, Pancake Day is celebrated twice a year, with the first one usually taking place sometime in February or March and the second occurring every year on September 26th. This special day celebrates the delicious breakfast food, giving people the chance to enjoy pancakes and learn about their history.
The first Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year and falls between February 3 and March 9. It lands on February 21 in 2023
Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, is an ancient Christian tradition observed the day before Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent). On this day, people typically participate in activities such as confession and absolution, the ritual burning of the previous year's Holy Week palms and finalizing one's Lenten sacrifice. It is also a day of indulgence, with people eating pancakes and other sweets.
On the 26th of September, the second National Pancake Day of the year is celebrated. It's time to get going and start cooking those fluffy, delicious pancakes! Pancakes have a long history, with references to them in Ancient Greece. Over the ages, many different types of pancakes have been created in different regions of the world.
September 26 is National Pancake Day
The pancake, which is often considered a breakfast food, has been around for a long time. It is believed to have originated in ancient Greece, where it was made as a flat cake made from wheat flour, honey, and olive oil. In the Middle Ages, the pancake became popular in Europe and was often served as a dessert. In the 19th century, the pancake became popular in the United States, where it is often served for breakfast. Today, the pancake is enjoyed around the world.
The pancake, also known as a hotcake, griddlecake, or flapjack, is a flat cake made from a batter of flour, milk, and eggs. Pancakes make for a fantastic breakfast serving, but they make a great dessert. The pancake has been around for centuries and has become a popular food around the world.
Pancake Historical Timeline
600 BC - Pancakes were first noted in ancient Greece.
A poet wrote of warm pancakes.
1100 AD - Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) is a traditional day to eat
pancakes before Lent begins.
1700s - Chefs used to use fresh snow, containing ammonia, to
make pancakes light and fluffy before baking soda was available.
1800s - Milk and cream are best for pancake batter; previously,
brandy and wine were also used.
1870s - The flapjack is now called the pancake, changing
1880s - Maple syrup becomes the popular topping
choice for pancakes.
1931 - Bisquick enters the market and cooks across America
start using it to make extra fluffy pancakes.
1966 - A recipe for baked pancake is published in the “New York Times”
by a food editor who discovered the recipe in Honolulu.
1985 - A weeklong pancake celebration is officially sponsored by
Bisquick and we celebrate all things pancake.
Most Popular Pancake Flavors
- Buttermilk Pancakes – The buttermilk's acidity helps the baking soda jump into action for some extra fluffiness. It also tenderizes the crumb of the cake by breaking down strands of gluten. Plus, it adds a delightful tang to the classic cake stack - no wonder it’s the most popular pancake.
- Blueberry Pancakes – Fresh or frozen blueberries are added to the pancake batter. Extra blueberries can be added as a topping too!
- Chocolate Chip Pancakes – Chocolate chips are added to the pancake batter. Choices include milk chocolate chips, dark chips or white chocolate chips. A mix of chocolate chips sound delicious like a divine addition to the batter.
- Plain Pancakes – or original pancakes. The original pancake recipe was made with milk.
- Banana Pancake – Fresh bananas are added to the pancake batter as well as used a topping. Giving the pancakes extra moisture and rich banana flavor.
How to Celebrate National Pancake Day
- Go out to breakfast or brunch and order a stack of your favorite pancakes.
- Celebrate the day with pancakes for dinner.
- Pick up a box of pancake mix and make fail proof recipe at home.
- Bake a pancake in the oven.
- Try a new pancake recipe made from scratch. We found the most amazing pancake recipes from our fellow food bloggers, and we are excited to share them. View the recipes HERE
- Post a picture on social media eating or making a pancakes and use #NationalPancakeDay
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"Breakfast is my specialty. I admit it's the easiest meal to cook, but I make everything with a twist, like lemon ricotta pancakes or bacon that's baked instead of fried."Hugh Jackman
"Love is such an arbitrary thing. I love my mom. I love pancakes."Doug Stanhope
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