Pancake Day  - Patisserie Valerie

Pancake Day 

Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, is an annual celebration that takes place on the Tuesday before the start of Lent. It's a day when people around the world indulge in delicious pancakes in a variety of different forms. In this blog, we'll take a closer look at Pancake Day, its origins, and the different ways in which people celebrate this delicious occasion.

The Origins of Pancake Day

Pancake Day has its roots in the Christian tradition of Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Lent, a period of fasting and reflection leading up to Easter. On Shrove Tuesday, Christians traditionally used up rich ingredients like sugar, butter, and eggs before the start of Lent. Pancakes were a popular way to use up these ingredients, and the tradition of Pancake Day was born.

Pancake Day Around the World

Pancake Day is celebrated in different ways around the world. In the United Kingdom, it's common to make thin pancakes, which are then rolled up and filled with a variety of sweet or savory fillings. In the United States, people often make thicker, fluffier pancakes, which are typically served with butter and syrup. In some countries, such as France, pancakes are known as crêpes and are made with a thinner batter and a variety of fillings.

Pancake Day Traditions

Pancake Day is a fun and festive occasion, and there are a variety of different traditions associated with it. One of the most popular traditions is pancake races, which take place in many towns and cities in the United Kingdom. These races typically involve participants running while flipping pancakes in a frying pan. Another tradition is to make pancakes with unusual ingredients, such as chocolate chips or fruit.

Making the Perfect Pancake

Making the perfect pancake can be a bit of an art form, but with a few simple tips, anyone can create a delicious stack of pancakes. First, make sure to use fresh ingredients, including flour, eggs, and milk. It's also important to use the right amount of each ingredient and to mix the batter well to ensure that it's smooth and free of lumps. When cooking the pancakes, it's important to use a non-stick frying pan and to cook the pancakes on medium heat.

Making the Perfect Pancake

125g plain flour
2 large eggs
300ml milk
1 tbsp vegetable oil
Pinch of salt
Butter, for cooking


- Sift the flour and salt into a bowl.

-Make a well in the centre and crack the eggs into it.

- Whisk the eggs together with a fork, gradually incorporating the flour from the sides of the bowl.

- Slowly pour in the milk, whisking continuously to avoid lumps.

-Once all the milk is added, whisk until the batter is smooth and has a thin consistency.

-Add the vegetable oil and whisk again. Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.

-Add a small knob of butter and allow it to melt and coat the pan.

-Pour a ladleful of batter into the pan and swirl it around to create a thin, even layer.

-Cook the pancake for about 1 minute or until the edges start to brown and the surface starts to dry out.

-Flip the pancake over and cook for another 30 seconds on the other side.

-Transfer the pancake to a plate and keep warm.

-Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more butter to the pan as necessary.

Topping suggestions

🥞Sugar & lemon: Sugar and lemon pancakes are a classic British pancake topping that are simple yet delicious.

🥞 Maple Syrup and Butter: The sweet and buttery combination is a perfect complement to the fluffy texture of pancakes.

🥞Fresh Fruits: Top your pancakes with fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries, or bananas. Not only do they add a pop of color to your plate, but they also provide a refreshing burst of flavour.

🥞Nutella and Banana: This indulgent combination is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Spread a layer of Nutella on your pancakes and top with sliced bananas.

🥞Yogurt and Granola: For a healthy and filling breakfast, top your pancakes with a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkle of granola. This adds a nice crunch and some extra protein to your meal.

🥞Whipped Cream and Chocolate Chips: Add a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate chips to your pancakes.

🥞Savory Toppings: If you prefer savory pancakes, try topping with bacon, eggs, and cheese.

🥞Biscoff spread: Biscoff has taken the world by storm. And who couldn't resist it's caramalised biscuit flavour?

Get Flipping!

Whether you prefer thin, crepe-style pancakes or fluffy American-style pancakes, there's no denying the appeal of this classic dish. So why not try making your own pancakes this Pancake Day and see what delicious creations you can come up with!

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