It is the one day of the year where it is more than ok to throw food around the kitchen, Pancake Day will be celebrated on the 28th February. Whether you go savoury or sweet, here is our guide to the perfect pancake.
Reaching back as far as 1439, Pancake Day has a longstanding tradition. The practice of flipping a pancake has been around for nearly as long – “And every man and maide doe take their turne, And tosse their Pancakes up for feare they burne.” (Pasquil’s Palin, 1619).
Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday as it is commonly known, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the fast and pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients. Named Shorve after “shrive” which means absolution for sins by doing penance.The day gets its name from the tradition of Christians trying to be ‘shriven’ before Lent. Christians would go to Confession, where they admit their sins to a priest and ask for absolution.
A thin, flat cake, made of batter and fried in a frying pan. A traditional English pancake is very thin and is served immediately. Here is our failsafe recipe – just add toppings of your choice!
- 200g/7oz plain flour
- 350-400ml/12-14fl oz milk,
- 2 large eggs, lightly whisked
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- A pinch of salt
- And vegetable oil for frying