This year Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday is on 21st February and is the day before Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent). Pancakes are associated with this day because they were a way to use up rich foodstuffs such as eggs, milk and sugar before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent
On Pancake Day, pancake races are held in villages and towns across the Country. Participants race through the streets carrying a frying pan and flipping and catching a pancake in it whilst they run. The tradition is said to have originated when a housewife from Olney was so busy making pancakes that she forgot the time until she heard the church bells ringing for the service. She raced out of the house to church still carrying her frying pan and pancake.
Pancake Day is a fun day which you can share with friends and family.
Why not have a go at making pancakes, this is the recipe that I use which was given to me by my mum.
- 1 pint full-fat milk
- 3 medium eggs
- 6 oz self raising flour
- Pinch of salt
- 1 level teaspoon ground ginger
- Generous shake of ground nutmeg
- 1 oz caster sugar
- Butter to cook the pancakes
- Pour the milk into a jug, add the eggs and beat well
- Sieve the flour into a bowl with the nutmeg and ginger, stir in the salt and sugar and make a hollow in the centre
- Gradually pour the egg and milk mixture into the centre of the flour, whisking just in the centre as you pour
- Keep whisking so you gradually draw in the flour from the outside of the bowl – this will hopefully keep your mixture lump free!
- When the flour is fully mixed in, cover the bowl and put in the fridge to rest for half an hour or a few minutes if you are short of time!
- Heat a frying pan on a medium heat
- Add a small amount of butter and let it melt to cover the base of the pan
- Give the batter mix a quick whisk
- Ladle some batter into the pan, and tilt the pan so the batter mix covers the base
- Put the pan back onto the heat and leave to cook for 1–2 minutes
- Flip the pancake when the underside is golden brown
- Remove the pancake from the heat when both sides are golden brown
- Add your favourite toppings and enjoy
Pancakes are traditionally served with caster sugar and lemon juice. Why not be adventurous and experiment with some delicious toppings:
Add some fresh fruit e.g. pineapple, bananas, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or use tinned fruit
Serve with cream, ice cream, crème fraiche, Greek style yoghurt
Drizzle with chocolate sauce, raspberry sauce, honey, maple syrup or golden syrup
Sprinkle with nuts, chocolate or honeycomb pieces
The variations are endless, yum, yum!