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A dozen facts about pancakes
- Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, falls between February 2 and March 9, depending on the date for Easter. It marks the start of Lent, the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.
- ‘Shrove’ stems from the old English word 'shrive', meaning 'confess all sins'.
- Brits will eat a staggering 52 million eggs on Pancake Day – that’s 22 million more than on a regular day.
- Over a lifetime, an average person will eat 7,300 eggs.
- Research* shows that Brits find pancake-making a real challenge – a third have experienced their pancakes ripping or falling apart in the pan and 30 per cent have suffered from them sticking.
- Seventy-five per cent of people don’t know the ingredients needed for the basic pancake mix, according to a survey*. The site www.eggrecipes.co.uk features a step-by-step guide to help them along.
- Research shows** that one in ten over-55s have never made a pancake, either from scratch or with a mix, whereas only 5% of 16-18 year-olds have never cooked a pancake.
- More than half of us prefer pancakes with just lemon and a little sugar, according to a recent poll**. More adventurous pancake aficionados will be opting for maple syrup, chocolate sauce or even cheese on Pancake Day.
- 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.
- In the village of Olney, Buckinghamshire, Shrove Tuesday has been celebrated with a pancake race since 1445. It is said that the tradition began when one harassed wife heard the shriving bell and dashed off to church, still clutching her frying pan.
- The world record for pancake flipping is 349 flips in two minutes.
- The largest pancake ever tossed measured 15 meters in diameter.
* GfK NOP research conducted on 1,000 consumers aged 16+, October 2010
** OnePoll survey of 3,000 consumers, February 2010