Why do we have ‘PANCAKE DAY’?
Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday falls on Tuesday 25th February in 2020, and I’m sure we will see people take to Instagram to show off their pancake-flipping skills and different filling choices … whether it’s simple lemon and sugar, or a bit of Nutella, no one can deny that a pancake is a rather delicious sweet (or savoury!) treat.
Where did Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday come from?
What is the history behind Shrove Tuesday? If you’re a class teacher or teaching assistant, it may be good to get interactive with your pupils tomorrow and do an entertaining and educational activity about why we celebrate Pancake Day.
Shrove Tuesday is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.
Lent is the 40 days leading up to Easter and was traditionally a time of fasting and on Shrove Tuesday, Christians went to confession and were “shriven” (forgiven for their sins).
Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday. The date varies from year to year and falls between 3rd February and 9th March. This year (2020) Shrove Tuesday will be on 25th February.
What is Lent?
Lent is the six-week period leading up to Easter. It’s one of the most important times of year for many Christians around the world, particularly those within the Anglican, Catholic and Orthodox traditions.
Christians around the world observe Lent in many ways. Many from more orthodox and traditional values will still observe the fast strictly, beginning with the wearing of ashes on Ash Wednesday and abstinence of meat, fish, eggs and fats until Easter Sunday.
Others will choose to give up just one item for Lent, more commonly a ‘luxury’ such as chocolate, meat or alcohol. It is also becoming increasingly common for people to give up other things in order to refocus their faith during this time; such as watching TV and their social media use.
How to make pancakes
A pancake is a thin, flat cake, made of batter and fried in a frying pan. A traditional English pancake is very thin and has a very long history and has been featured in cookery books as far back as 1439.
Ingredients (makes 12 pancakes)
- 100g plain flour
- 2 large eggs
- 300ml milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil, plus a little extra for frying.
- Put 100g plain flour, 2 large eggs, 300ml milk, 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil and a pinch of salt into a bowl or large jug, then whisk to a smooth batter.
- Set a medium frying pan or crêpe pan over a medium heat and carefully wipe it with some oiled kitchen paper.
- When hot, cook your pancakes for 1 min on each side until golden, keeping them warm in a low oven as you go.
- Serve with lemon wedges and caster sugar, or your favourite filling. Once cold, you can layer the pancakes between baking parchment, then wrap in cling film and freeze for up to 2 months.
Enjoy your delicious pancakes!