What is Shrove Tuesday?

Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as ‘Pancake Day’ is finally here – the one day where you are let off for throwing food in the kitchen – well to some extent.

Whether you like them sweet or savoury, thin or thick, we all know that it’s best not to be scraping them off the bottom of a pan – or the ceiling for that matter.

Pancake History…

Pancake day falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, and therefore is never a fixed date, but can be any time between February 3rd and March 9th.

It is the day that precedes Ash Wednesday – which this year also coincides with Valentine’s Day.

Traditionally the name ‘Shrove Tuesday’ derived from Christianity and trying to be ‘shriven’ before Lent.

‘Shriving’ is the ritual of absolution for sins, which involved the ringing of a ‘Pancake Bell’ and is in fact still rung today.

How to make the perfect pancake 

However you choose to enjoy your pancakes, you will need to following key ingredients:

200g/7oz plain flour

350-400ml/12-14fl oz milk, or ½ milk ½ water for a a thinner, lighter pancake

2 large eggs to be lightly whisked

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

A pinch of salt

And vegetable oil for frying your delicious pancakes (serves four)

Share the pancake love 

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Will you be having them for breakfast, lunch, dinner (or all three)?

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