Shrove Tuesday AKA Pancake Day
It’s Pancake Day soon, the one day of the year where it’s acceptable to eat pancakes at whatever time you want and top with whatever you want too.
Want to know where Pancake Day comes from? How to make a good Pancake? Or the BIG question - to go sweet or savoury?!
What is Pancake Day?
Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, is the day which precedes Ash Wednesday. This date is determined by Easter, so it can fall on a different date each year.
The name Shrove Tuesday comes from 'shrive', meaning absolution for sins by doing penance. This goes back to Christians confessing their sins before Lent. The change to Pancake Day came about as rich foods such as eggs and sugar would be used up before the fasting of Lent. An excuse for a party!
How to make a good pancake
Given that I live in Glasgow, Scottish-style pancakes (also known as drop scones) are the best tasting for me. None of those wafer-thin crepes for us! These thick, fluffy smashers are more like American Pancakes, which are perfect for soaking up syrup and handling the baddest of toppings. So, here’s our tried and tested formula for perfect Scotch pancakes.
135g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp caster sugar
1 large egg
2 tbsp melted butter
Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar into a large bowl.
In a separate bowl whisk together the milk and egg, then whisk in the melted butter.
Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and beat until you have a smooth batter.
Let the batter stand for a few minutes.
Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add a ladle of batter (or more make small or large pancakes).
Wait until the top of the pancake begins to bubble, then turn it over and cook.
Sweet or Savoury
Toppings such as jam, cream, lemon, sugar, dusted cinnamon, nutella, banana and cream - the list is endless! Don't forget you can make savoury pancakes as well. Omit the sugar and when the pancakes are cooked fill them with ham, cheese, spinach, mushrooms, bacon - again it’s an endless list, the choice is yours!
Happy Pancake Day!