What is Pancake Day?
Pancake day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, is a very special day for British people. We celebrate pancake day by making pancakes and eating them with lots of different toppings, such as fruit, chocolate, sugar or savoury (savoury = salty food, the opposite of sweet) toppings.
Pancake day is celebrated the day before Lent. Lent is a period of fasting (when people stop eating) for 40 days before Easter.
Pancake day became a way to use the foods which were given up (given up = to quit/to stop) like milk, butter and eggs.
Pancake day has existed for many years and there are pancake day recipes in books that date back to 1439.
How to Make Pancakes
There are lots of different ways to make pancakes but this is my favourite recipe!
- 8oz/230g all purpose/plain flour
- Pinch salt
- 2 eggs
- 2½ cups/600ml milk
- 2 tsp melted butter plus melted butter for cooking
Makes 12 Pancakes
- Sieve the flour into a large baking bowl, add the salt. Make a well in the center of the flour and add the eggs and beat well until smooth and lump free.
- Add half the milk and the 2 tsp of butter, beat well. Add the remaining milk and stir.
- Leave the batter to rest for 15 minutes.
- Lightly grease a pancake pan or frying pan with a little melted butter, heat until very hot and add a ladle of batter to evenly and thinly coat the base of the pan. Cook until set and lightly golden. Flip over (if you are really brave try tossing the pancake in the air, great fun) and cook on the other side for approx 30 seconds.
- Remove the pancake from the pan, place on a sheet of kitchen paper and keep warm. Continue as above until all the batter is used up.
Recipe is taken from http://britishfood.about.com/od/festivecooking/a/pancakeday.htm