Pancake Day this year is Tuesday 28th February. It’s the day before Ash Wednesday which signals the first day of Lent in the Western Christian Church. The name Shrove Tuesday is derived from the word ‘shrive’, meaning ‘absolution for sins’ and is the process of Christians being ‘Shriven’ before Lent. Back in the day, pancakes became the perfect way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk and sugar ahead of the 40 days fasting period.
Ingredients (serves 4)
200g/7oz plain flour
350-400ml/12-14fl oz milk or ½ milk ½ water for a thinner, lighter pancake
2 large eggs to be lightly whisked
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
A pinch of salt
Put the flour, eggs, milk and a pinch of salt into a bowl or large jug, then whisk to a smooth batter. Set aside for 30 mins to rest if you have time. (Family Care Top Tip: If you let it rest, it will taste better.)
Take a non-stick pan or a griddle and apply a little bit of vegetable oil. Heat the pan on a medium setting for around 8-12 minutes, depending on how well done you like your pancakes. Pour your batter to form your pancakes in whatever size or shape you wish. Cook on one side until bubbles start to form on the top of batter/mix. This should take around 3-4 minutes; then flip and cook the other side until its brown. This should take another 2-minutes.
What you do after that is up to you. Why not get creative? Try different combinations of toppings. However, you’ll find you can’t go wrong with some blueberries and a dash of maple syrup.
From all at Family Care, enjoy!