In the scheme of things pancakes are considered to be a great family breakfast item. They can be made simply and spruced up with everything form blueberries to chocolate chips to give you a great tasty food experience .The earliest known pancakes were made about 12,000 years ago from ground grains and nuts, mixed with water or milk and cooked on hot stones.
Aunt Jemima pancake flour was the first ready-mix food to be sold commercially. It was invented in Missouri and introduced in 1889. Aunt Jemima pancake mix from the R.T. Davis Milling Company, may be the start of the cake mix industry that was later propelled into the mainstream by Dunkan Hines(1935). The manufacturers quickly learned to make the mixes so you added eggs or milk to make you feel like you were actually making something more from scratch.
Former slave Nancy Green was hired as a spokesperson for the Aunt Jemima pancake mix in 1890. Green played the Jemima character from 1890 until 1923. The world first discovered Aunt Jemima (Green) at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893, where she would make pancakes. Today, most of us know the Nancy Green character of Aunt Jemima from the kindly portrait on the label of the American iconic syrup and mixes.Some view Aunt Jemima as a negative racial stereotype. Throughout the years, the brand has done some work to create a more empowering image of her.
Pancakes are a worldwide breakfast food that sparks expressions and events interwoven in out lives. The earliest use of the expression ‘as flat as a pancake’ was in 1611. The annual pancake race in Olney, Buckinghamshire, UK dates back to 1454.Two Shakespeare’s plays, All’s Well That Ends Well and As You Like It, mention Pancakes. The record for the highest pancake toss is 9.47m (31ft 1in) made in New York in 2010. The record for the fastest ever Marathon run while continuously tossing a pancake is 3hr 2min 27sec set by Mike Cuzzacrea in 1999.
The expression “Flat is a Pancake” was popularized in the early 1600’s. Nearly 70% of the eggs in the UK each year are used making Pancakes!!