Pancake day more traditionally know as Shrove Tuesday, it is the last day before Lent – a day Christians confess all their sins and a last chance to feast before Lent starts on Ash Wednesday.
Lent is a time of giving things up and fasting. Traditionally Christians would give up rich foods such as fats, meat, eggs and sugar. These days many people give up something they enjoy for Lent such as chocolate.
Shrove Tuesday is also known as Pancake Day because pancakes were an easy way to use up eggs, fats and milk.
It is always 47 days before Easter Sunday so the date changes each year. This year Shrove Tuesday is on 17 February.
How do we celebrate Shrove Tuesday today?
Many people still have pancakes to eat on Pancake Day with a variety of fillings and toppings – both sweet and savoury.
Pancake races take place up and down the country with people racing with frying pans while flipping a pancake! In London teams of MPs, Lords and members of the press take part in a relay pancake race in Westminster which sees participants flipping pancakes as they race around the course.
Two of the most famous celebrations in the world are the Rio Carnival in Brazil and Mardis Gras in New Orleans – both these colourful events are festivals of celebrations, music, parades, dancing in the streets and dressing up.
A great way to celebrate Pancake Day is by making pancakes of course!
Why not make your own pancakes for tea and get children to help. It’s good to get kids involved in the kitchen, learning about cooking, food, kitchen safety, hygiene and cleaning up after cooking. Plus it can be great fun when it’s time to flip the pancakes.
Here is a basic recipe for pancakes – just add the topping of your choice.
The ingredients you will need:
- 125g of plain flour
- A pinch of salt
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 300ml of milk
- Light olive oil, vegetable oil or butter for greasing the pan
How to make your pancakes:
- Before you start it’s important to make sure everything is clean and prepared. Cleanliness is a very important step, but it doesn’t have to be boring.
- Get out your cooking utensils! You will need an apron, bowl, whisk, jug, frying pan and of course a spatula for flipping your pancakes. Make sure everything is washed and dry ready to get started. Put on your apron and make sure your hair is tied back if needed – you don’t want it getting in your way.