When is Pancake Day

Pancake Day 2016 is Tuesday 9 February 2016.

Pancake Day is another name for Shrove Tuesday.  It falls the day before Ash Wednesday, which signals the start of Lent and a period of 40 days of fasting.

What is Pancake Day?

Pancake Day is the last day before Lent and is also known as Shrove Tuesday.  Pancakes are traditionally eaten on this day to use up the eggs and fat which were not eaten during the fasting period.

A Great Pancake Race takes place on Pancake day each year in London on Tower Hill Terrace, in front of the church of All Hallows by the Tower. This is a great fun event and is mirrored in thousands of smaller pancake races around the globe.

A quick and simple pancake recipe

Get flipping this pancake day with our easy to make pancakes.

Pancake Ingredients

110g/4oz plain flour, siftedpinch of salt2 eggs200ml/7fl oz milk mixed with 75ml/3fl oz water50g/2oz butterCaster sugarLemon

How to make pancakes

To make the pancakes, first sift together the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Then make a well in the middle of the flour and break the eggs into this. Now whisk together the flour and the eggs until everything is mixed well.

You then need to add the milk and water mixture gradually, whisking whilst you do this. Once the batter is a smooth and creamy consistency you are ready to make your pancakes.

You’ll need a shallow non-stick frying pan or pancake griddle pan to cook the pancakes. Warm the pan over a medium heat and melt a small amount of butter in it, making sure it covers the whole pan (you can use a piece of kitchen towel to help smear it around the pan).

Then add a ladleful of the batter mixture to the pan and tip the pan making sure the batter coats the base evenly. Cook the first side of the pancake for a minute or so and then flip it over (either using a palette knife, or by tossing the pancake) to cook the other.

Once cooked slide from the pan onto a warm plate. If you are making a batch of pancakes you can stack them by placing a piece of greaseproof paper between each one and keeping warm in the oven. Serve each pancake with one of our favourite fillings.

1.  Lemon and sugar

The classic, simple and perhaps the most loved filling.  Add to your pancake a good squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a sprinkle of caster sugar and roll.

2. Cinnamon apple and vanilla ice cream

Stew a couple of chopped cooking apples with a splash of water, a tablespoon of sugar and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon for around 10 minutes.   Serve rolled in a pancake with vanilla ice cream.

3.  Banana and chocolate

Simply spread your pancake with chocolate spread and add sliced bananas.

4.  Strawberries and cream

Add whipped double cream and sliced strawberries to your pancake and roll, then dust with icing sugar.