21st February 2017
Flip, flip hooray – it’s nearly Pancake Day! Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday and is the perfect opportunity to dig out your mixing bowl, whisk and frying pan to whip up a pan-tastic feast for the whole family.
Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – was traditionally a time of fasting. On Shrove Tuesday, Christians would go to confession to be ‘shriven’ with the intention to absolve their sins.
Prior to this, a bell would be rung to call people to confession; this being known as the ‘pancake bell’. Shrove Tuesday falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, this means that the date of Pancake Day varies each year. In 2017 Pancake Day will fall on Tuesday 28th February.
Pancake Day traditionally marks the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the fasting for Lent, and pancakes prove the perfect way to use up such ingredients. A pancake is a thin, flat cake made of batter and then fried in a frying pan.
The English pancake is very thin, served immediately once cooked and then filled or topped with either savoury or sweet ingredients. Lemon and sugar or syrup are the preferred choices.
Ensure you have a flipping good Pancake Day with the help of our fool-proof and tasty recipe:
Eggs (any size)
Plain Flour (sifted)
Milk (any variety)
Simply weigh equal amounts of the above ingredients and put them in a mixing bowl. Whisk together until a smooth consistency is reached. Pour into a frying pan and cook until golden on each side.
Cooking up a Storm at Salford
Stocked with milk, eggs and flour, Aldi in Salford Shopping Centre is the perfect venue to ensure you have all the ingredients you need to make Pancake Day a tasty success! And if you’re in need of cooking essentials to fry up a treat next week, head to Wilko in the centre for their range of cookware and utensils.
Be sure to visit the centre prior to Tuesday 28th February to browse and buy.