Today is Tuesday 9th February and it might seem like any other day but the maple syrup and pans are ready at hand for today’s Pancake Day.
So what’s it all about you ask? Let us give you the facts to prepare you for a Tuesday full of sweet treats!
When does this happen?
Pancake day has been around for centuries and is also known as Shrove Tuesday. The delicious day precedes Ash Wednesday and is determined by when Easter falls.
So what does Shrove mean?
If you didn’t know, the word shrove derives from the English word shrive, which means to obtain absolution from one’s sins through confession. It’s a custom for Christians to be “shriven” before lent.
Why do we celebrate pancake day?
Pancakes were consumed in the plentiful on this day to use up rich and indulgent foods such as eggs and milk before the fasting season of Lent began. It is also believed that Pancake Day comes from a pagan holiday where eating warm, round pancakes symbolised the sun and the arrival of spring!
Pancake Day throughout the world
We aren’t the only ones to eat and celebrate the day of golden goodness! Pancake Day is known around the globe through many names such as Mardi Gras meaning “fat Tuesday” in French and Fasnacht meaning “night of the fast” in German.
Has all this talking of pancakes made you hungry? Here’s an easy recipe below to help ease those cravings and celebrate one tasty Shrove!
- 110g plain flour
- 1 egg
- 280ml milk
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- Sift the flour into a bowl and make a hole in the middle. Break the egg into the bowl and add a pinch of salt and the milk.
- Whisk the egg, flour and milk to make a smooth cream. Whisk in the butter as well.
- Put all the ingredients into a blender and whizz until smooth.
- Spray oil on a hot pan and tip the mixture in, make sure it is spread evenly across the pan.
- Toss the pancakes as much as you like! Add syrup and/or bacon.