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Happy Pancake Day!

It's Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday), but what exactly is Shrove Tuesday and why do we eat pancakes?
Let's get to know the day a bit better, by discussing what it is and how you can make the perfect pancake!

What is Shrove Tuesday?

Pancake Day

Shrove Tuesday is also know as Pancake Day, or in other countries such as France and the USA, it is known as 'Mardi Gras' or 'Fat Tuesday'.

Pancake Day always takes place on a Tuesday in either February or March. It's the day before Ash Wednesday (the start of Lent).

Lent is a six week period leading up to Easter, it is one of the most important days of the year for many Christians around the world.

During Lent, people often give up on things that are bad for them, e.g. fast food.

Why do we eat pancakes?

Pancake Tower

The reason as to why we eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday is because, in Christian traditions they were a way of using up all rich foods such as sugar, eggs and milk right before the start of Lent.

The traditional pancake recipe

Traditional Pancake

Ingredients:
  • 200g plain flour
  • 350ml milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Pinch of salt
Method:
  1. Put the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Create a well in the centre and slowly add the milk and lightly whisked eggs.
  3. Whisk the mixture until you have a smooth batter.
  4. Add a tablespoon of vegetable oil and whisk again.
  5. Take a frying pan and add a small amount of oil to it.
  6. Add a ladleful of mixture to the pan and immediately swirl around to even the batter out.
  7. Cook the pancake for 30-40 seconds until pancake is golden.
  8. Serve on a plate with your desired toppings.

Topping ideas

Pancake Toppings

There are so many different topping you can have with your pancake!

Some choose to have a sweet pancake whereas others choose to have a savoury one.

Sweet toppings:
  • Jam and clotted cream
  • Nutella (with some banana or strawberries)
  • Lemon sugar
  • Ice cream
  • Peanut butter
  • Syrups
Savoury toppings:
  • Pieces of crumbled bacon
  • Fried egg
  • Avocado slices
  • Chopped spinach
  • Vegetables
  • Smoked salmon and cream cheese
Healthy toppings:
  • Flavoured yogurt
  • Fruits - strawberries, blueberries, bananas, blackberries
  • Granola
  • Nuts
  • Cinnamon
  • Dried raisons     
Syrups:

There is a variety of different syrups you can put on your pancakes, from gluten free to sugar free, you will not be stuck for choice!

A few of our favourite syrups for pancakes are:

  • Maple spice 
  • Cinnamon
  • Strawberry
  • Blueberry
  • Caramel
  • Salted caramel
  • Maple syrup

You can head over to Drinkstuff for all the syrup flavours listed above plus many more.