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Why do we make Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?

deblaca pancakes


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 


  1. 30 grams unsalted butter melted
  2. 150 grams plain flour
  3. 325 ml milk
  4. 1 large egg
  1. Melt  butter and let cool a little.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Continue with the rest of the batter. Serve with fruit, maple syrup or with lemon juice and honey.

deblaca pancakes

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