Shrove Tuesday

Monday 12 March 2012



I'm nearly 3 weeks late in celebrating Pancake Day but hey, it's better late than never. Being a Christian, I've kiiiiiind of celebrated Lent but I've never heard of Pancake Day until recently. I can be a little slow on the uptake. You think I would've found out about this tradition seeing that I've already lived in the UK for 3 years. Imagine the puzzlement on my face when I turned up at the local supermarkets on 20th February only to find pancake mix, packaged pancake, pancake sauce and every paraphernalia that had to do with the darn thing prominently displayed all over the stores. Our church even organized Pancake Day on a Tuesday night. I didn't go because I couldn't understand why anyone would want to eat pancakes in the evening. Like I said, my neurons and the synapses work at a snail speed.

Weeks later, a friend finally took pity on me and explained the old English tradition of Shrove Tuesday which is the last day to indulge oneself before Lent. Shrove comes from an old word "Shrive" meaning, to confess. Yeah, I have plenty to confess but let's not go there. In Asia, we would give up meat since we're not big on dairy over there. I can't say I'm a huge fan of pancakes. The only other pancakes I've eaten are the one you wrap around a slither of crispy roast duck skin, cucumber, spring onion and a dash of hoisin sauce and the French crepes.

My cousin and his little girl dropped by for a visit on Saturday so I decided to go all out and treated everyone with stacks of home-made American style pancakes topped with juicy strawberries and blueberries and smothered in plenty of maple syrup with crispy slices of bacon on the side. Needless to say, the two little girls gobbled down a stack of pancakes and extra helpings of the fruit salad in lightning speed.

Makes approximately 15 pancakes (serves 3 adults and 2 children)

300g self raising flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
450ml milk (or buttermilk)
knob of butter
Pinch of salt
A little butter for cooking (you can use vegetable oil too)

1. Mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt) in a large bowl.
2. Beat the two eggs and add milk.
3. Make a well in the bowl of dry ingredients and pour the egg and milk mixture in the center.
4. Beat well and add a knob of melted butter into the mixture.
5. Heat a little oil or butter on a non stick pan or griddle. Drop half a ladle (adjust according to the size of pancake you want to make) of batter onto the pan. When it starts to bubble on the surface on the pancake, flip it to the other side.
6. Cover with kitchen or tea towel to keep warm. Serve with berries or any type of fruit and maple syrup.


  1. M, pancakes...maple usual these look absolutely AWESOME!! Have you changed your mind about pancakes?

    1. I'm LOVING the pancakes so I think I'll have them for dinner tomorrow :P

  2. What a lovely indulgence for Shrove Tuesday! I was a little late on the uptake with Intl. Pancake Day as well.
    rolala loves

  3. I super duper LOVE pancakes! These look scrumdiddlyumptious M! Oooh and with fruit on top! Super sweet! :D

  4. I didn't know that, I assumed every Christianish country had pancake day! Of course proper English pancakes have Jif lemon on them.

  5. These look gorgeous! Well done, friend!!

  6. These pan cakes look so yummy. We'll try this out this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  7. That looks scrumptious!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. oh your pancakes look so yummy & more delicate than the ones here in the US. i don't really like pancakes, more of a waffle person lol

    i've never heard of pancake day!! i don't understand what it has to do w lent hahaha

  9. Pancakes is my favourite dessert! I could eat them every day and all day, yet I don't know how to make them. Thank you for the recipe :)

  10. Yummy, want to have some of them right now lol!

  11. Looks scrumptious!
    I adore the first image. So beautifully captured.

  12. Mmmmm these look SO GOOD!! I wish I could celebrate Pancake Day every day! Lol. Well, I guess I could do that, but I would gain 100 pounds. ;)

  13. How delicious... I am very partial to pancakes with a little bit (ok, a lot) of maple syrup and some berries! I never knew the meaning behind Shrove Tuesday, but now I know, I'll be sure to observe it in my household!

    Thanks so much for your lovely comments, am so glad to have "met" you and I look forward to reading more on your lovely blog!

  14. You UKers are so lucky to have pancake day! We need to bring this to the US :)

  15. OMGGG THAT LOOKS RIDICULOUSLY DELICIOUS! you do not understand how much i've been craving pancakes in germany!!! i need to just get off my butt and make some from scratch haha..

    omgosh 16 macaroons!! you are a true champ hahahaha!

  16. oh dear those pictures... just looking at them makes me eat them!!! yum yum and i'm craving right now..
    i just think i will make pancake this week hehehe
    btw dear thanks for your tip about your lens, i already asked my hubby to check in our photoshop :)
    take care. xoxo, Haus of Gala

  17. This post makes me feel really nostalgic. We used to have Pancakes for Easter brunch- yummy.

  18. All I can say is "DROOL" I LOVE pancakes with bacon!



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