Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day in Britain, is the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent – ‘Shrove’ stems from old English word ‘shrive’, meaning ‘confess all sins’. It is called Pancake Day because it is the day traditionally for eating pancakes as pancake recipes were a way to use up any stocks of milk, butter and eggs which were forbidden during the abstinence of Lent.
Ingredients for 12 pancakes:
- 8 oz / 230 g all purpose/plain flour
- Pinch of salt
- 2 eggs
- 2½ cups / 600 ml milk
- 2 tsp melted butter plus melted butter for cooking
- Sieve the flour into a large baking bowl, add the salt.
- Make a well in the centre 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 and cook on the other side for approx 30 seconds.
- Remove the pancake from the pan and serve.
On Pancake Day, pancakes are traditionally eaten sprinkled with sugar and a squeeze of lemon. However, serve as you like with jam, Golden Syrup, honey, or chocolate spread. A favourite of mine is fresh fruit such as Strawberries or Gooseberries.
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