Pancake Day (also known as Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday; if you are so inclined) is traditionally celebrated on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday; which signals the beginning of Lent.
Shrove, derived from the word shrive, meaning to confess; was traditionally a time for Christians to confess & serve penance (not being religious, I’m afraid we just serve pancakes!)
Pancakes were traditionally eaten on Shrove Tuesday, as they used up a lot of eggs, milk & sugar; rich ingredients which were omitted from your menu for the duration of the 40-day long fast.
Of course, like so many other events throughout the calendar, the Christians weren’t the first kids on the block to celebrate it.
Pagan festivities included eating these delicious warm round sun-like cakes in the belief that it would invoke the gods of Spring and fertility, and banish the cold dark winter months. Which sounds pretty good to me!!
Anyway, as I mentioned, we aren’t a religious family; we do however usually make pancakes on Pancake Day.
We used to do it when the kiddos were…well…kiddos; in fact Teen2 was a bit miffed last year that we didn’t (the fact that this was probably due to the fact that it was one of those nights where he had three social engagements between school & bed was almost definitely lost on him!) and its a tradition that has carried on.
Usually we make thinnish crepe-like pancakes, and everyone takes a turn of flipping or tossing theirs in the pan.
When I was young, my parents told me it was good luck if you managed to get your pancake to somersault in the air and land back flat in the pan.
I had no basis to believe or disprove this, so decided it was most definitely true.
Teen2 may disagree after the year he grabbed the hot pan rather than the plastic insulated handle and ended up with a trip to A&E (I know, I’m a terrible mother!) but I still stand by my belief that it is most definitely lucky.
After the making and the tossing, the next step is the topping.
Usually this starts rather sensibly, with a sprinkling of sugar and a dash of lemon juice; or perhaps a spread of jam, maybe even a drizzle of honey or syrup.
But, before long, Someone instigates nonsense and they end up covered in all sorts of things…
Generally there is a combination featuring some (or all!) of the following…
Cherry pie filling
…and anything else He thinks he would get away with!!
If I remember correctly; this monstrosity contained ice cream, hazelnut chocolate spread, sliced banana, chocolate syrup, whipped cream & chopped nuts; a few years back.
THIS YEAR, WE TOSSED TRADITION
This year, instead of our usual large thin pancakes; we had Scotch Pancakes.
This was not a decision made through some patriotic fervour; in actual fact, I was running low on flour after making a couple of batches of pizza recently.
TheTeens were suitably impressed that their mum actually knew how to make Scotch Pancakes, something normally just bought and eaten from supermarket packets and; after revering me as a living god; polished off *some*
MY SUPER EASY SCOTCH PANCAKE RECIPE
200g Self-raising Flour
100g Caster Sugar
(If you don’t have SR flour, replace with 200g plain and add 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder)
Sieve flour, sugar, salt (& baking powder if using) into a bowl.
Make a well in the middle, crack in the eggs, add the milk, and mix.
The batter will be thicker than a regular pancake batter, but not as dense as a cake batter.
Allow to stand for 20 minutes then heat a lightly greased frying pan over a medium heat.
Drop a tablespoon of batter onto the pan for each pancake. You will fit 2-4 in a regular size pan.
Once the top has evenly bubbled, flip them over
Repeat until you have used all the batter.
You can keep them warm on a tray in a low-heated oven, whilst you finish cooking the rest.
Ready to eat? Time for TOPPINGS!!
Jam & Cream
They made me do extras, so they could have some for breakfast tomorrow (totally against the rules of Lent)
Do you have any Pancake Day traditions?
Perhaps a favourite pancake recipe or topping?
Please share! And, as always, thanks for stopping by!
The Crafty Lass