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National Pancake Day, also celebrated on Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, recognizes one of the world’s oldest and favorite breakfast foods. While National Panckake Day occurs on February 21st each year in the United States, Shrove Tuesday and Fat Tuesday are celebrated in the United Kingdom and the US on the Tuesday prior to Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is the first day of the Christian observation of Lent, a period of fasting prior to Easter.
Pancakes as we know them appeared somewhere around 1100AD, though some records indicate similar cakes were enjoyed as far back as 600BC. Early pancakes were made of coarser grains compared to today’s fine flour cakes.
Check out restaurants near you for free or discounted pancakes on Pancake Day.
National Ravioli Day celebrates the Italian pasta dish that comes in many shapes and sizes with a wide variety of fillings. Thought to have originated in the 1500’s in central Italy, ravioli is now popular around the globe. The shape is typically square, but round, half-moon and crescent shapes are also popular. Fillings are typically cheese with spice and seasoning or a thin layer of ground meat. Ravioli are usually served in broth or in sauces similar to those paired with spaghetti.
National Ravioli Day is celebrated annually on March 20th.
National Sourdough Bread Day celebrates a type of artisan bread made famous during California’s Gold Rush era. It is believed that yeast-risen bread has been around since 1500BC. Travelers, from marching armies to settlers exploring new lands, found that the thick crust was durable during transport and kept the soft, inner loaf fresh over longer periods of time. Whether sliced and eaten alone, dipped, spread on, or used to hold together a sandwich, sourdough bread is a go-to choice for tasty bread.
Looking for an easy recipe? All it takes is a little yeast, bread flour, water, olive oil, salt and PATIENCE. Sourdough bread can take a couple days to make properly if you want the best results. Even though combining the ingredients is easy, waiting for the dough to rise can take a lot of time. Check out this recipe from King Arthur Baking Company, a producer of great bread flour and more.
National Sourdough Bread Day is celebrated annually on April 1st.
National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day celebrates the immensely popular sandwich ingredient combination that is an American lunchtime staple. Peanut butter is believed to have gained popularity in the 1890’s as a spread used on bread and crackers. Soon after, recipes that pair peanut butter with jam or jelly on bread began to appear. Now it is a often a central player in fond memories of childhood lunches.
National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day is celebrated annually on April 2nd.
National Peach Cobbler Day celebrates the delicious baked dessert that is easy to make, tasty to eat, and can be served hot or cold. It’s believed that cobblers were developed by west-bound settlers crossing the American plains in the mid to late 1800’s. Sliced or whole fruit was placed in a baking pan, topped with biscuit dough, and baked in simple ovens until the top was golden brown. Peach and apple cobblers were the most popular. There are several theories regarding why the dish is named “cobbler.” Some say that original recipes called for the biscuit dough to be separated into individual portions before being placed on the fruit. After baking, the surface of the dish resembled a cobblestone street. It is also believed that because a wide variety of fruits could be baked in a similar fashion, variations were “cobbled” together. Pans used for cobblers are traditionally square or oblong and two to four inches deep, but can also be round.
Crisps and crumbles are sometimes mistaken for cobblers, but they are not the same. Cobblers are topped with biscuit dough that rises an inch or more when baked. Crisps are topped by a thin crust of rolled oats. The oats are usually combined with butter, sugar, cinnamon, and sometimes nuts to create a “streusel” topping. A variation on a crisp is a crumble, which uses a streusel topping without oats.
Enjoy some peach cobbler today!