Some facts about Shrove Tuesday, aka Pancake Day

The last three days before the start of Lent is known as Shrovetide and involved feasting and other revelries. Shrove Tuesday is the last of these three days and always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday.

All eggs and butter not allowed during Lent would have been eaten up on Shrove Tuesday and what better way to do this than “knock up” a quick pancake, hence the name Pancake Day.

To this day we still publicly celebrate Shrove Tuesday with towns around the UK holding pancake races and church bells being rung in some villages.

The name Shrove originates from the old word shrive, which means to confess, and in the Middle Ages, Shrove Tuesday was traditionally a day of confession prior to Lent.

Well, here is my confession… I love pancakes, but am a bit of a traditionalist – only lemon and sugar will do.

Here is the basic batter mixture for making

4oz (100g) of plain flour
Pinch of salt
¬Ω pint (250ml) of milk
1 egg

Sift the flour and salt into a bowl, make a well in the centre and drop in the egg and milk. Beat the mixture, gradually drawing the flour into the liquid, then beat until smooth.

I find that this mixture is best left to rest for a while before using.
If you like something a bit more adventurous, there are some great pancake recipe ideas on the BBC Good Food web site.

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