It’s Pancake Day 2018 or Shrove Tuesday as it’s officially known, so tt’s nearly time to ditch the diet and indulge this Shrove Tuesday as pancakes hit plates – and then tummies – up and down the country.
We’ve got the lowdown on Shrove Tuesday AND the perfect recipe to help get your celebrations down to a scrumptious start.
What’s Pancake Day then?
Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday – so the date varies each year but will be between February 3 and March 9.
The day proceeds Ash Wednesday, which is the start of when Christians celebrate Lent and typically fast from certain food or activities.
What’s the best pancake mixture recipe?
There are numerous ways to make pancakes – after all, the day originates from using up what is left in your cupboard.
While you may be fan of thicker, American style pancakes, or thin French type crepes, this traditional English pancake recipe is bound to win you over – and it’s super easy too.
You will need:
- 125g of plain flour
- 2 eggs, medium sized
- 300ml of milk
- Pinch of salt
- Beat the eggs together with a fork
- Pour the flour into a bowl and make a well in the middle
- Pour the eggs into the well and whisk together
- Gradually, add in the milk
- Put the mixture in the fridge for at least 30 minutes
- Rub oil around a non-stick pan
- Ladle out your mixture – one ladle equals one pancake
- After a couple of minutes, give your pancake a jiggle and when it no longer sticks give it a flip to do the other side
Why do we celebrate Pancake Day?
Ever stopped to wonder to why eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?
Christian traditionally would give up certain foods for Lent, the 40-day period before Easter.
In order to eat up the last of the foods in the cupboard, they would use up all of their foods such as eggs and milk without them going off.
Only flour was added to the pancake recipe, with all four ingredients said to represent a different part of the Christian faith.
The eggs are said to symbolise creation, the flour as the main part of the human diet, salt for wholesomeness and milk to purity.
The name “shrove” comes from when Christians would traditionally go to confess and were “shriven” or cleansed of their sins.