Celebrate Pancake Day with Lottie Shaw’s
Posted on February 4, 2016
Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday and this year falls on February 28th 2017.
Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the Lenten fast and pancakes were thought to be the perfect way of using up these ingredients.
A pancake is a thin, flat cake, made of batter and fried in a frying pan. A traditional English pancake is very thin and is served immediately with a choice of Golden syrup, lemon juice and caster sugar which are the usual toppings…but not in our house!
In our house Thom (9) and little sister Evie (7) have chosen to build a pancake stack using our Caramel Sauce drizzled over each pancake layer with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream, before adding another pancake and finishing the stack with Yorkshire Parkin cake crumbled on top and a chopped bananna around the base. – It really is Seriously Good!
The pancake has a very long history and featured in cookery books as far back as 1439. The tradition of tossing or flipping them is almost as old: “And every man and maide doe take their turne, And tosse their Pancakes up for feare they burne.” (Pasquil’s Palin, 1619).
The ingredients for pancakes can be seen to symbolise three points of significance at this time of year:
Eggs ~ Creation
Flour ~ The staff of life
Milk ~ Purity
To make 8 or so pancakes you will need 8oz plain flour, 2 large eggs and 1 pint milk
Mix all together and whisk well. Leave to stand for 30 minutes. Heat a little oil in a frying pan, pour in enough batter to cover the base of the pan and let it cook until the base of the pancake has browned. Then shake the pan to loosen the pancake and flip the pancake over to brown the other side.
We hope you enjoy making your pancakes this Shrove Tuesday and don’t forget your toppings!