On Pancake day, or Shrove Tuesday, Anglo-Saxon Christians would go into confession and were ‘shriven’ or absolved of their sins. They would use up their rich ingredients like sugar, eggs and butter in pancakes before the fasting period of Lent began.
Traditionally in the UK, a pancake race is held. The race is held between local housewives wearing aprons and a scarf on their head. They must flip a hot pancake in a frying pan three times during the race. The first woman to arrive at the church and serve her pancake to the bell ringer is the winner.
When is Pancake Day?
Pancake Day 2019 is on Tuesday 5 March. Every year it comes 47 days before Easter Sunday and the day before Ash Wednesday, or the start of Lent.
Making a pancake is simple, if you have the right equipment that is. First, you need a bowl and a whisk to make the mixture in. Once your mixture’s ready, it goes into a frying pan or, for the best result, a cast iron pancake pan. If you’re serving en masse, pop them in the oven on a low heat to keep them warm. Before eating, use a lemon squeezer to give it a kick.