Today is National Pancake Day, at least according to IHOP. This isn’t a sponsored post. I was just curious about the origin of National Pancake Day and discovered pancakes have also played a role in traditions preceding Lent. Somehow, IHOP must have adopted this particular date for National Pancake Day.
Apparently, pancakes were commonly eaten by many Christians on Shrove Tuesday, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, as a way to prepare for Lent by using up dairy products that were forbidden to be eaten during Lent. Pancakes also go back to Pagan traditions as their round shape symbolized the sun and were eaten to receive power, light and warmth from the sun, celebrating the coming of spring. Mardi Gras, which means “Fat Tuesday” also originated as a way to prepare for Lent by eating fat, rich foods before the fasting rituals of Lent.
I like pancakes but I don’t LOVE them or crave them very often. When I do eat pancakes I like them with fruit such as strawberries or blueberries.
I make pancakes at home and will throw in frozen blueberries or chocolate chips or cake decorating sprinkles. My husband and kids like them with the sweet stuff in them. My kids then eat them without any syrup which is probably good since they’re already eating extra sugar in the chips and sprinkles. However, my husband dumps syrup and powdered sugar over his already sugar studded pancakes. I just cringe watching him prepare his pancakes.
What’s your favorite way to eat pancakes?
Thank you, Great Spirit.