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It's Pancake Day!

Published: 13th February 2018 07:52

Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day as it is also known, is a much loved day in our calendar when many of us will indulge ourselves by eating delicious pancakes!

This year Shrove Tuesday falls on February 13th and across the UK there will be people practicing their pancake tossing before covering them in sugar and lemon.

PancakesSo how did Shrove Tuesday start? Well the word ‘Shrove' comes from the old English word ‘shrive' which means to confess ones sins. The tradition of Shrove Tuesday began when Christians had to clear out their pantry's before Ash Wednesday which marks the start of Lent.

Today many people give up just one thing for Lent, however hundreds of years ago all meats, eggs, milk and other rich foods were given up for 40 days to remember when Jesus went into the desert and fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. The idea was that instead of throwing out the fats and eggs; they should be used to make pancakes as a final feast before the fasting period began.

As well as Shrove Tuesday being a day for making pancakes it is also a day for pancake races. This tradition is thought to have it's origins in Olney, Buckinghamshire in 1445 when a woman was making pancakes and she forgot the time. Suddenly she heard the church bells ringing to signal the start of the service and in her haste she ran out of the house and to the church still holding the frying pan with the pancake inside.

Across the country pancake races are held in villages and towns, usually with several different races so that all ages can take part. The race requires the participants to run a course while tossing a pancake in their frying pan; the winner is the person who crosses the line first after tossing the pancake a certain number of times.

If you don't fancy running around will tossing a pancake you can just enjoy them at home. Pancakes are delicious, when cooked right. If you struggle when making pancakes why not follow AboutMyArea's simple recipe?

Traditional Pancake Recipe


  • 100g (4oz) plain flour
  • 1 egg
  • 300ml (1/2 pint) milk
  • optional pinch salt
  • sugar and lemon juice to serve
  • oil for frying


To make the pancake batter, add the milk, egg and then the flour and blend using an electric blender or food processor. Or if a blender is not available, sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Add the egg and beat well. Then add the milk gradually and beat to make a smooth batter.

Heat a little oil in a large frying pan until hot and then pour enough batter to thinly coat the base of the pan. Cook for a couple of minutes each side.

Serve sprinkled with sugar and lemon juice. If you don't want to use sugar and lemon on your pancakes you can always use maple syrup, fruit, chocolate sauce or anything else that you fancy!

We hope that you like this recipe and that you have fun with the family when making your pancakes. Remember:

Mix a pancake,
Stir a pancake,
Pop it in a pan;
Fry the pancake,
Toss the pancake,
-- Catch it if you can!

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