Shrove Tuesday.. 12th February
Why do we eat pancakes?
Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Tuesday, Pancake
Day, Mardi Gras, and Fat Tuesday) is the day preceding Ash
Wednesday, the first day of Lent.
Shrove Tuesday is observed mainly in' English-speaking
countries, but is also observed in the Philippines and Germany.
Shrove Tuesday is linked to Easter, so its date changes on an
In most traditions the day is known for the eating of Pancakes
before the start of Lent.
Pancakes are eaten as they are made out of the main foods
available, sugar, fat, flour and eggs, the consumption of which
was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated
The word shrove is the past tense of the English verb shrive,
This means to obtain absolution for one’s sins by way of
Confession and doing penance.
Thus Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the shriving that
English Christians were expected to do prior to receiving
absolution immediately before Lent begins.
A recent survey found that two-thirds of Britons ignore Pancake
Day. Many have the perception that they are hard to make.
Take a look at my easy pancake recipe that can be used for
creating the most delicious sweet or savoury pancakes.
For the pancake mixture
140g plain flour
200ml whole milk
25g unsalted butter, melted, plus a little extra for greasing
caster sugar & lemon juice or anything you fancy!
1. Sift the flour with a pinch of salt into a medium-size bowl and make a well in the
Mix the milk and 1OOmlof water together. Break the eggs into the well and start
whisking slowly. Add the milk and water in a steady stream, whisking constantly and
gradually incorporating the flour as you do so.
2. Whisk until the batter is smooth and all the flour has been incorporated. Set the
batter aside to rest for 30 mins, then whisk the melted butter into the batter.
3. Heat the pan over a medium heat. Very lightly grease the pan with melted butter.
Using a ladle, pour roughly 2 tbsp of batter into the pan and swirl it around so the
bottom of the pan is evenly coated. You want to use just enough batter to make a
delicate, lacy pancake. Cook the pancake for about 45 seconds on one side until
golden and then using a palette knife or fish slice, flip the pancake over and cook the
other side for about 30 seconds until it freckles.
4. Slide the pancake out of the pan and either serve immediately or stack on a plate
with baking parchment in between. Continue until all the batter is used up.
Serve sprinkled with caster sugar and lemon juice, and fold in to quarters or roll them
up with extra sugar and lemon on topif desired. Delicious!
Tips to Flip
Pancake Day is a great chance to have some child-like fun flipping pancakes with
your friends and family.
The secret is to ensure that the pancake doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan by
quickly jerking the pan forward to loosen it. Then using your wrist to control the
movement, toss the pancake with a quick upwards, outwards and back movement,
catching it back in the pan so the uncooked side is underneath (hopefully!). Practice