Yesterday was Shrove Tuesday and my husband and I made pancakes for our supper.
Shrove Tuesday is sometimes called Pancake Day.
In the past Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to eat rich food before Lent.
Many people made pancakes to use up their eggs, flour, butter and milk before fasting.
Fasting is when people abstain from food or drink.
In the past people used to fast or eat very plain food during Lent.
Lent is the time when Christians remember the story of Jesus going hungry.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts for the 40 days before Easter.
Today very few people fast but some people will give up something for Lent.
Many people still make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.
A Recipe For Pancakes
- 4oz / 100g plain flour
- pinch of salt
- 1 large egg
- half pint (300ml) milk
- butter / oil
- Sieve flour into bowl and add the salt.
- Make a well in the centre of the flour.
- Crack egg and add to the flour.
- Mix the egg and flour, gradually stirring in a quarter of a pint of milk.
- Mix well until bubbles are visible and then gradually mix in the rest of the milk.
- Melt the butter / oil in the pan so that the pan is fairly hot.
- Pour in a little of the batter mixture, tilting the pan to cover the bottom.
- Cook until golden brown on one side and then turn over and cook the other side.
- Repeat until the batter mixture is used up.
- Serve immediately with your favourite topping.
My husband and I enjoyed our pancakes last night with golden syrup and lemon juice. Delicious!