Shrove Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) or Pancake Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. Making pancakes was a way of using up eggs, milk and sugar before the traditional fasting season of the 40 days of Lent.
Here is a favourite pancake recipe
- 30 grams unsalted butter melted
- 150 grams plain flour
- 325 ml milk
- 1 large egg
- Melt butter and let cool a little.
- Put flour, milk and egg into a blender and whiz to mix. Pour into a jug and stir in melted butter. Otherwise, just pour the flour into a bowl, whisk in the egg and milk and finally, just before making the pancakes, add the melted butter.
- Heat a shallow pan and ladle 2–3 tablespoons of batter into the pan then quickly hold it up and swirl so that the batter forms a quick, thin pancake covering the base of the pan. This will cook in a minute so flip it and cook for 30 seconds to a minute on the other side, then remove pancake to a layer of baking paper.
- Continue with the rest of the batter. Serve with fruit, maple syrup or with lemon juice and honey.