Tuesday 9 February 2016 is Pancake Day. Also known as Shrove Tuesday, this wondrous day is dedicated to the making and eating of pancakes across the UK and several other countries.
Pancake Day is believed to originate from the Anglo-Saxon Christian tradition of fasting for Lent, which occurs for the 40 days running up to Easter. Pancake Day would take place before Lent began, in order to use up excess eggs and fat and avoid them being wasted.
Pancakes are one of the easiest and quickest meals to produce and are traditionally eaten with a sprinkling of sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice. The basic pancake recipe couldn’t be simpler: whisk together 100g plain flour, 2 eggs and 300 ml milk, then leave to stand for half an hour. And that’s it for making the batter mix.
To cook your pancakes, heat a little oil in a pan, pour in a thin layer of batter, tilting the pan to spread it. Cook for 30-60 seconds, then flip the pancake and cook the other side for the same amount of time. Easy!
The hardest part of making pancakes is learning to flip them. It’s a fine art but one that is definitely worth practising. Do try and avoid hitting the ceiling though!
Of course you also need to put some thought into your toppings. Pancakes can be eaten as both sweet and savoury treats, with individuals opting for jam, syrup, ice cream, chocolate spread, cheese, ham, mushrooms and much more, depending on individual preference.
Why not stock up your fabulous Collegiate kitchen and experiment with the perfect combination of toppings this Shrove Tuesday? Or get together with fellow residents to hold a pancake party and share topping ideas in your common room or private dinner party room?
Few traditional meals are as quick and easy to prepare for as Pancake Day. Just be sure to buy flour, eggs and milk and practise your flipping!
Of course, if you prefer counting calories to piling them on, then you could always celebrate Pancake Day in a different way. Many cities around the UK hold pancake races. Participants race to cross the finish line, just as in a regular running race, but with the added twist that they have to be flipping a pancake along the way. There’s also usually an element of dressing up, making pancake races a great excuse to spend a couple of hours being silly as well as stretching your legs.
Google your local area or check your property’s Facebook page for the latest updates about local events this Pancake Day.