Cracking day for a pancake

If you’re not a fan of eggs or pancakes today might be a good time to go on a diet.

A survey has predicted as many as 15 million eggs will be cracked open across Ireland this Pancake Tuesday as the country sits down to the annual food festival.

Over the next 24 hours, the Irish Egg Association said breakfasts, lunches and even family dinners will be taken up with an array of floury treats.

The claim is based on a 670-person online survey attempting to get to the bottom of Ireland’s love affair with the popular tradition.

And while 4% of those asked said they will shun the yearly pre-Easter festival, others who are taking part will eat their treats with a range of foods — helping to boost the Irish food economy.

According to the survey:

* Three in every four pancake-lovers will eat theirs with butter, lemon and sugar;

* One third will use “special” recipes they learned from their mothers;

* One in every four people will replace their usual dinner with pancakes;

* Items such as chocolate, syrup, honey, ice-cream and fruit will find their way onto plates across the country.

Bord Bia consumer and marketing manager Teresa Brophy said the continuing popularity of Pancake Tuesday not only helps to kick-off spring, but acts as a boost to the Irish food market due to the widespread use of Irish farm products like eggs.

“Pancake Tuesday is a tradition that fills us with fond memories of childhood. Eating pancakes was always great but the fun of making them is something that runs from generation to generation. We advise people to choose Bord Bia Quality Assured eggs to ensure they are buying the best eggs available for their pancakes,” she said.

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