Center Parcs creates the world's tallest stack of pancakes for Pancake Day

Center Parcs broke the Guinness World Records title for the tallest stack of pancakes yesterday (8 February) in the lead up to today's Pancake Day (9 February).

The 101.8cm high stack was made up of 213 pancakes
The 101.8cm high stack was made up of 213 pancakes

At 101.8cm high, the stack comfortably overtook the previous 91.2cm record, which was set by Netherlands-based theme park Efteling. 

A total of 213 pancakes comprised the stack, which were made using 14 bags of flour, 700 eggs and 26 pints of milk.

Center Parcs’ group executive chef James Haywood and executive sous chef Dave Nicholls broke the record, by successful assembling the pancake stack into a freestanding structure over a 45-minute period. The creation was then required to stand unsupported for five seconds.

Following the win, the masterpiece was dismantled to create 35 smaller stacks, which were paired with a range of toppings and handed out to guests at The Pancake House restaurant at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest, where the record was broken. 

Haywood said: "After many hours of preparation, and the longest five seconds of my life, I’m so proud to say that we’ve set a new Guinness World Records title.

"The Pancake House is not just a nod to our Dutch heritage – it’s something that’s become synonymous with Center Parcs, and is enjoyed by many families. Since we opened our doors in 1987, we’ve served enough pancakes to reach the top of Mount Everest, so it seems right that we now hold the Guinness World Records title."

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