Shrove Tuesday - Pancake Day Traditions

28 Feb 2017
Shrove Tuesday - Pancake Day Traditions

Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day, is a traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. It is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes. In other countries where it is called Mardi Gras, it is a carnival day of indulging in food that they will sacrifice for the upcoming 40 days.

The term ‘Shrove Tuesday’ comes from the word ‘shrive’, meaning ‘absolve’. The expression ‘Mardi Gras’ is French for ‘Fat Tuesday’, referring to the event of eating fatty, rich foods before the fasting in the Lenten season which begins on Ash Wednesday.

Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date can vary each year between February 3rd and March 9th. But why pancakes? This was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fatty foods before the Lenten fast and pancakes were the perfect way to use all these ingredients up. English pancakes are traditionally thin and cooked in a frying pan, with golden syrup, lemon juice and sugar as toppings.

Fancy making your own?

To make 12 pancakes, you will need 100g of plain flour, 2 large eggs, 300ml of milk, salt, 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil and your choice of topping. Mix together in a bowl with a pinch of salt, whisking well. Leave to stand for 30 minutes if you have time. Heat a little oil in your frying pan. When hot, pour in your pancake mix for 1 minute each side until they are golden. If you feel confident, flip with the pan. Serve with your choice of topping.

Need equipment?

Don’t worry, we can help with and make it extra special. We have a beautiful range of baking equipment that can be personalised just for you.


Whether for children or adults, we have a huge selection of aprons to stop messy flour getting everywhere. Personalise with a name and message to make it your own.


You’ll need something to mix in. Why not choose our perfect baking bowl? With a range of different motto’s, from ‘You only live once, lick the bowl’ to ‘Good things come to those who bake’. Tailor-made with your added name.


You have a bowl, now you need something to help mix, take a look at our wooden spoons. You have a choice of a single large spoon or a big and little spoon, so your little help can join in too. With the added touch of names, making baking extra special.

Want somewhere to remember those great recipes?

We have a great notebook so scribble everything down. This cute notebook can be personalised with a name, making it one of a kind for all your secret recipes.

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