English Recipe Corner: Shrove Tuesday 2012

In the UK, there is a much-loved tradition of making and eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, which falls between February 2 and March 9 each year, depending on the date for Easter. In 2012, Shrove Tuesday falls on 21 February. Shrove Tuesday (‘shrove’ stems from old English word ‘shrive’, meaning ‘confess all sins’) is the day before Lent.
Traditionally English pancakes are eaten with lemon and syrup (treacle which is like maple syrup but closer to molasses) Anyhoo, I even remember as a kid my uncle making us pancakes with meat and gravy on them! Here’s a good English recipe for pancakes. Happy Pancake Day!

  • 140g plain flour (this is about 200ml/7fl oz)
  • 4 eggs (200ml/7fl oz)
  • 7 oz milk
  • 3.5 TBS melted butter
  1. To make the batter, tip the flour into a bowl and beat in the eggs until smooth.
  2. Gradually add the milk and carry on beating until the mix is completely lump-free.
  3. Now whisk in the melted butter.
  4. Place a pancake pan over a medium heat and wipe with oiled kitchen paper. Ladle some batter into the pan, tilting the pan to move the mix around the pan and pour off any excess. Cook for about 30 secs until golden, then flip over and cook on the other side.
  5. Pile the pancakes up and serve with your favorite filling.

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