Mar 04, 2014 • By

The ultimate guide to pancakes

It’s National Pancake Day! Also known as Fat Tuesday and Shrove Tuesday.

Some people consider pancakes to be great breakfast food, some consider them to be the greatest. Fluffy or flat, whatever your opinion on the perfect pancake, we’ve got the ultimate guide.

Pancake History

* The Ancient Greeks made pancakes all the way back in the 5th century BC.

* The tradition of eating pancakes on Fat Tuesday goes back to the Middle Ages in England when the religious used up the perishable foods – eggs, sugar, butter and milk – then abstained from decadent foods until after Lent.

* Nearly every culture and country around the world has its own form of pancake – from puffy round Danish Æbleskivers to Zimbabwe’s pancakes with baobab fruit.

* Both Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin are said to have served and enjoyed griddle-cooked breakfast cakes (aka pancakes).

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Pancake Facts

* Pancakes are also known as hotcakes, flapjacks and griddlecakes across various regions of the U.S.

* Silver dollar pancakes are named because they’re the same size as the U.S. silver dollar coins produced before 1979.

Pancake Tips

* For uniformly shaped pancakes, pour the batter using an ice cream scoop or ¼ cup measure.

* Don’t flip your pancakes more than once – it makes pancakes tough!

* Got leftover pancakes? (Yeah, right!) Cook your ‘cakes, stack them between sheets of waxed paper, wrap in aluminum foil and freeze. To reheat, unwrap pancakes, remove waxed paper and heat on an ungreased cookie sheet in a 400 degree oven for five to seven minutes.

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* Discover your pancake personality with this quiz from Bisquick.

* You can make pancakes super easy even for a weekday morning using Pillsbury Pancake Batter (in the refrigerated section at the grocery store).


* You can make delectable pancakes that are gluten-free and Paleo.

* You can make pancakes explode

* You can make pancakes mini

* You can make pancakes into tasty little blankets for sausage “pigs.” 

* You can skip the sandwich bread and use Bisquick pancakes instead

Famous Pancakes

* Actor Sam Pancake has appeared in such films as “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde” and “A Lot Like Love.”

* Singer Taylor Swift said her favorite meal in Nashville, Tenn., are sweet potato pancakes from Pancake Pantry.

* After a good race, skier Lindsey Vonn said she treats herself to Austrian Kaiserschmarrn – a sweet raisin pancake with eggs and sugar.

* Pancakes have been featured as the breakfast of choice in movies like “Uncle Buck,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Rain Man,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Rain Man” and “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.”

* Singer Jack Johnson has a song called “Banana Pancakes.” “The Pancakes” is a one-woman band from Hong Kong.

Happy Pancake Day!


Employees at General Mills were treated to pancakes, from Bisquick, on March 3.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy pancakes?