Traditionally called “Pancake day”, Shrove Tuesday (from the verb “shrive” meaning “confess”) is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

On that day, it was customary for people to consume richer, fattier food, before the 40 days of restrictions and fasting associated with Lent.

So in honour of Shrove Tuesday, here is a simple recipe for pancakes.

Makes 8 pancakes


125g flour

¼ teaspoon of salt

300ml milk or water

1 egg (beaten)

A little melted butter

Vegetable oil (for the pan)


1 Sieve the flour and salt into a bowl and make a well in the center

2 Add the egg and milk and whisk vigorously to make a smooth batter.

3 Add the melted butter.

3 Heat a little oil in a small frying pan.

4 Spoon in 2 tablespoons of mixture and swirl to cover the base of the pan.

5 Cook for a few seconds, flip over and cook the second side.

6 Repeat to make 8 pancakes in total.


You can double the quantities to make more pancakes.  They taste wonderful with sugar and a little lemon juice.  How do you eat your pancakes?





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