With supermarkets, restaurants and friends advertising the wonderful “Pancake Tuesday” we thought we would go and do a bit of research to find out what it means for different people.
The proper term for Pancake Tuesday is “Shrove Tuesday” which according to the BBC website means to obtain absolution of one’s sins by doing penance or going to confession. It gets its name from a Christian custom of preparation before lent, “a day of celebration as the last chance to feast before Lent begins.
Traditions here in the UK, and places such as Ireland and Canada have the tradition of eating pancakes. As lent is a time of abstinence and either giving things up or taking up something that is not easy for us to do , both now and in the past some Christians would not each food such as meat, eggs and dairy products. These products are of course highly perishable so pancakes were made to use up all the eggs, fat and milk in the house so as to not waste food.
In Ireland Pancake day is known as Mairt Inide, Germany Fastnacht Day and in Portuguese, Spanish and Italian speaking countries it is known as Carnival.
Did you know there is a Pancake race?
Apparently it all started in 1445 when a woman , who was making pancakes in preparation for Shrove Tuesday suddenly realised she was late for church and raced all the way still holding her frying pan and wearing her apron!
A basic recipe
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
- Mix the egg, flour, baking powder and salt together.
- Add the milk gradually until batter is smooth.
- Pour batter on greased hot pan to size you desire.
- Let the batter cook until tiny bubbles form around edges then flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes until cooked through.
- Thicker batter and a hotter pan make thicker pancakes.
- Thinner batter or cooler pan will allow batter to make thinner pancakes.
- Batter makes about 12 small pancakes
For 102 different pancake toppings click onto this blog and take your pick!
- Pancakes recipe for Shrove Tuesday (nurturestore.co.uk)
- Pancakes recipe for Shrove Tuesday (teacherlingo.com)