Pancake Day also known as Shrove Tuesday in Britain. It is the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. ‘Shrove’ – as in Shrove Tuesday – stems from old English word ‘shrive’, meaning ‘confess all sins’. It is called Pancake Day because day traditionally it is time to use up any stocks of milk, butter and eggs which were forbidden during the abstinence of Lent. These were, and still are, the ingredients to make Pancakes
The earliest records of pancakes and pancake tossing appeared in the fifteenth century when the pancakes were a little thicker than the modern pancake; they would also often have added spices for a little decadence. It wasn’t until the eighteenth century and the influence of French cooking and their thin crepes that pancakes more as we know them now.
One tradition was to have Pancake races. these were held in the streets. where participants ran along tossing a pancake as they went. It dates back to 1445.
Most people make the pancakes at home and toss them whilst they run the mixture over in the frying pan.
There are great many fillings used but the most traditional way is with sugar and lemons.
Spotty and I had pancakes which we always enjoy.
Here is the recipe for Gluten-free Pancakes
RECIPE FOR GLUTEN-FREE PANCAKES
This basic pancake mixture can be made up with fillings of your choice – try sugar and lemon, sliced bananas and toffee sauce, or strawberries and cream even Maple Syrup.
100g (4oz) Gluten – Free flour mix
2 medium eggs, lightly beaten
250ml (10fl oz) milk
- Place the Mix and salt in a bowl, beat in the eggs and gradually add the milk, beating well to produce a smooth batter.
- Heat the oil in a large pan, pour off the excess, and pour in sufficient batter to evenly coat the base of the pan.
- Cook for a couple of minutes until golden, then flip pancake and cook other side.
- Serve with fillings of your choice.