A great debate amongst family and friends on Pancake Day is always what’s the best topping: apple and cinnamon, banana and chocolate or the traditional lemon and sugar… Whatever your preference, pancakes are eaten and enjoyed throughout the UK on Pancake Day. But why did this tradition start and where did the humble pancake originate from?
Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is a traditional Christian feast day that always falls on the day before Lent on Ash Wednesday. Traditionally, Lent is a time for fasting and so Shrove Tuesday became the last opportunity to use up ingredients in the home, which were predominantly eggs, milk and other fats, before the fasting for Lent began. Pancakes are an ideal and easy way to use up these ingredients.
Pancakes are traditionally thin and are cooked in a flat shallow pan, which means they can be ‘flipped’ easily to ensure both sides are golden when they are cooking, however it is common in North America for pancakes to be thicker.
The link below is a simple pancake recipe for you to try out today. Get flipping!