Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional Christian feast day before the start of Lent, which is the following day, on Ash Wednesday. Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter, was traditionally a time of fasting and Shrove Tuesday became the last opportunity to use up rich foods, like eggs and butter, before starting the Lenten fast. Pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients.
Pancake Day is also called Pancake Tuesday, Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras (which is French for “Fat Tuesday”).
A pancake is a thin, flat cake, prepared from a batter that usually contains flour, eggs, and butter or oil. The batter is poured into a hot skillet or griddle and fried in butter or oil. A traditional English pancake is very thin and crepe-like while American style pancakes are thicker and fluffy.
Celebrate Pancake Day 2019 with some of our favourite pancakes. Browse our best recipes and get inspiration for sweet and savoury ingredients and toppings.