Theology & Worldview

The Pancake Griddle: A History

Imagine sitting in a warm fellowship hall, passing pancake syrup and stabbing plump, brown pancakes with your fork while enjoying the good conversation Christian fellowship brings. Now imagine sitting alone in a cold restaurant, a waitress handing you a plate with what looks like a blob of unbaked goo, and the same waitress telling you that maple syrup and peanut butter are no longer available for your consumption. Well, with the Flap-Jacks R Us pancake griddle producer, a branch of the Crockpot® company, ensures that the latter scenario never happens. Pancakes from our griddles are baked to perfection on a warm cast iron plate maintained at the perfect temperature. After long hours in the laboratory, Flap-Jacks R Us has brought you pancake griddles to suit your every need. To feed your hungry congregations, choose from a variety of pancake griddle sizes: The Mega Church, The Medium Congregation, or The Small-Town American Church. Flap-Jacks R Us guarantees 100% satisfaction or your money back. 

The pancake griddle has a long and illustrious history. Flap-Jacks R Us has researched and verified the following account of the history of the pancake griddle through the ages.

While you might think that the pancake griddle is a result of modern technology, this kitchen appliance has surprisingly ancient roots dating back to the early centuries of the church. Although a subject of constant speculation, Christian bakers place the date for the invention of the pancake griddle at c. 104 A.D. and the location of origin in Rome, where the renowned pastor Flapius Jackius, also called Flavius, created the first pancake griddle.

As a Roman pastor, Flapius wanted to combine his talent for baking with his desire to minister to the church. The result was a device that yielded sweet cakes with little effort. Little known to Flapius at the time, the pancake griddle would become a hallmark of Christian baking and community in the centuries to come. It has even been called the single most unifying element at the Council of Nicaea.

Throughout the Middle Ages, monks used the same equipment to make pancakes and feed the poor. One influential monk-turned-Reformer in Germany so enjoyed the cakes that his wife Katharina made that he researched the history of the machine and gave the cakes a new, endearing name. Drawing from the creator’s name, he deemed the cakes “flap jacks.”

Centuries later, the famous evangelist Billy Sunday ate five pancakes every morning for breakfast because he wished to participate in the tradition of his church fathers. Knowing his love for pancakes, his friends deemed him “Billy Everyday” because he ate pancakes every day, not just Sunday morning. His wife, knowing her husband’s delight in the treat, even began printing inspirational messages on the pancakes. Later, she discovered that her practice hearkened back to the way members of the early church used the cakes. A Christian would walk up to the door of a church eating a pancake imprinted with the sign of a fish to gain entry to the house where worship and reading of the Scriptures was held. Not only did that person enjoy a full stomach, but he maintained secrecy during times of persecution as well. At other times in the early church, pastors spread knowledge of the Scriptures to other Christians by baking pancakes in the form of letters and forming Bible verses on the plates. You see, your mother is not the only one who makes fun shapes with the pancakes. Flap-Jacks R Us has attempted to follow the tradition of the early church and minister to costumers’ spiritual needs by printing a Bible verse on each griddle.

Flap-Jacks R Us greatly respects the rich history of this kitchen appliance and wants to give you the opportunity to participate in Christian tradition as well. Pick up your phone and dial 104-FLAP-JACKS-R-US to order your pancake griddle now. Since our company wants even the youngest of Christians to bake these pancakes, you do not have to be eighteen years or older to order. Call today.

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  1. Oh, this is fantastic. 😀

  2. this article made me hungry xD

    • Haha! When I was picking out the picture, I suddenly had an urge for pancakes, too. Thanks for reading!

  3. I do agree, pancakes ARE BETTER than waffles. xD GJ! Like the Flapius Jackius. Haha!

    • Well, I personally believe that waffles trump pancakes, but each to his own favorite breakfast food. I’m glad Flapius Jackius’ name was entertaining, though. Thanks for reading!

    • Hm, as a great TPSer once said, “Waffles are pancakes with abs.”

  4. This is so good! Great job Abagail! I love it, its so funny XD.

  5. Abigail…have I told you how much I love this?

  6. *grins vaguely because my youth group actually has pancakes every sunday*

    • Lol! Well, I hope this article brings new meaning to those pancakes ;). *grins sheepishly and asks if I can join your youth group next Sunday*

  7. mwah haha lol

  8. LOL, Abigail, this is so good! You should try doing humor like this more often! I LOVE the fish-imprented pancakes XD. /\/\/\/

  9. A serious omission by secular history! Thanks for the splendid physiognomy of Flappius Jackius. I’ve frequently wondered about the etymology of flap-jacks, every time I eat a pancake in fact, so it’s nice to have that question finally put to rest.