Having made it through January in one piece, the days are starting to get a little longer, spring is on the horizon – and we have decided to celebrate Pancake Day next week (25th Feb). However if you are planning on doing something at home then why not follow a couple of the recipes below.
The day known as Shrove Tuesday isn’t always on a fixed date and changes every year, depending on when Easter happens to be.
If you want to get your supplies in and start planning your toppings now – or just practice your flipping skills – here’s what you need to know about Pancake Day 2020.
This year Pancake Day falls on 25 February. The day always falls on the seventh week before Easter, and the day before Ash Wednesday – beginning the period known as Lent.
Why is Pancake Day always on a Tuesday?
The day always falls on a Tuesday because of the period of time it marks between the start of Lent and Easter. The following day, Ash Wednesday, marks the start of Lent, in which Christians go through a period of 40 days of fasting, designed to help them remember the same amount of time Jesus spent fasting in the Wilderness. This culminates in Easter, with Easter Sunday this year falling on 12 April.
There are any number of pancake recipes out there for you to try, from thick American ones to thinner, crepe-style French pancakes.
Nearly every country and culture has its own version of pancakes and you can put any number of toppings on them to personalise.
But lets say you’re sticking to an English-style pancake – what you’ll need for that are eggs, milk, flour and some form of fat (preferably butter). Some salt and sugar also works.
Here’s a simple recipe for you to try at home:
Ingredients (makes around 10 pancake)
- 75g plain flour
- 120ml full fat milk
- Pinch of sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1 egg
Or if you are looking for something a bit more scientific then you can try these ingredients to make them a bit fluffier:
What you need
- 300 grams plain flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- Half a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 2 eggs
- 600 millilitres buttermilk
- 60 grams melted butter
- Maple syrup
Whisk all the dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls, before tipping the milk and egg mixture into the flour and whisking together.
Heat your pan over a medium to high heat, get the fat nice and hot and spoon the batter into the pan using a large ladle.
As soon as the batter hits the pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with a nice thin layer of batter.
However if all that is a bit too much for you then why not come down to the Cube Cafe where we will be celebrating Pancake Day with a great selection of pancakes. Why not enjoy yours with one of our speciality teas or a perfect cup of coffee.