Today is Shrove Tuesday, in the UK, is also known as Pancake Day (or Pancake Tuesday to some people) because it is the one day of the year when almost everyone eats a pancake
What is Pancake Day?
Pancake Day is the last day before the period which Christians call Lent It is traditional on this day to eat pancakes.
Why are Pancakes eaten on Shrove Tuesday?
Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge one self, and to use up the foods that aren’t allowed in Lent. Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.
When is Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)?
Shrove Tuesday is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday and is therefore the final day before the commencement of Lent a Christian festival leading up to Easter Sunday (Easter Day).
Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday so the date varies from year to year and falls between 3 February and 9 March.
How to make pancakes:
· 2 cups all-purpose flour, stirred or sifted before measuring
· 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
· 1/2 teaspoon salt
· 1 egg, slightly beaten
· 1 1/2 cups milk
· 2 tablespoons melted butter
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, combine egg and milk; add to flour mixture, stirring only until smooth. Blend in melted butter. Cook on a hot, greased griddle, using about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. Cook until brown on one side and around edge; turn and brown the other side. Recipe for pancakes serves 4.
Pancakes can be eaten with a sprinkling of sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice, or topped with honey or chopped fruit and cream or even chocolate spread.