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National Pancake Day


National Pancake Day
Clip Art for National Pancake Day
Dixie Allan

Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, the International House Of Pancakes has raised more than $10 million dollars to support charities in the communities in which it operates. Guests from around the country will once again celebrate National Pancake Day at IHOP and enjoy a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In return for the free pancakes, guests will be asked to consider leaving a donation for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals© or another designated local charity.

Stacked and soaking up butter and syrup or spread out and covered with a fruit compote, pancakes are the ultimate comfort food. It’s no surprise this breakfast staple has a long history, dating back to the ancient Greeks.

In Germany, pancakes are made out of potatoes; in France and Belgium, pancakes will be thin and light; in South Africa, they are filled with lemon juice and sugar; and in Mexico, you might find a hotcake, a pancake made with cornmeal instead of wheat flour.

Depending on your batter, you can either end up with a crêpe, a pancake, a crumpet or a flapjack. All use the same technique: A batter of flour, eggs, milk and, in some cases, a leavening agent is beaten, left to rest and then poured in batches onto a hot griddle or pan. Typically, when bubbles form on the uncooked side of the pancake, it’s ready to flip.

So now you know a little more about that taste treat that is called a pancake!

As a side note, don't confuse this day with what most Western countries celebrate Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Tuesday. In America, this day is called Fat Tuesday. It’s the day before Lent starts, a day most Christians use to indulge in the things they’ll be giving up until Easter. Back in the day, most people gave up eggs, sugar, fat and flour, all things that are found in pancake batter. The tradition has stuck, and now most English-speaking Christians eat pancakes the night before Ash Wednesday.

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