Shrove Tuesday

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Shrove Tuesday or Pancake day is celebrated throughout the Christian world as the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent a time of fasting and the 40 days leading up to Easter. Traditionally the pan cakes were made as a way of using up the eggs and fats before the fasting began.



100g plain flour
2 large eggs
300ml milk
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, plus some for frying
Lemon wedges, to serve (optional)
Caster sugar or icing sugar, to serve (optional)
Maple syrup


Put the flour, eggs, milk, 1 tbsp oil and a pinch of salt into a bowl and whisk to a smooth batter.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes to rest.

Set a frying pan over a medium heat and drizzle a little oil in then wipe it around carefully with some kitchen paper.

Cook your pancakes for about 1 minute on each side until golden, you can keep them warm in a low oven as you go.

Serve with lemon and sugar, or maple syrup and blueberries, or a mixture of them all.