Have you ever heard about Pancake Day? Haven’t you? What a pity! In these pandemic times, in which carnival parties, parades and dressing up with costumes and masks are not allowed, why don’t we borrow this tasty English tradition?
Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday, is a special day celebrated in English-speaking countries like the UK, Ireland and Canada. It is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.
As tradition said, during Lent, people don’t eat rich food like butter and eggs. So, English people take all flour, eggs, milk and butter in the fridge to make tasty and high-calorie pancakes! Absolutely, the perfect way to consume all these ingredients.
During this holiday, a competition is organized, often in fancy dress, which consists of running through the streets throwing pancakes.
The aim of the race is to get to the finish first, carry a pan with a cooked pancake and turn it while running.
The most famous pancake race takes place at Olney in Buckinghamshire.
According to tradition, in 1445 a woman of Olney heard the shriving bell while she was making pancakes and ran to the church in her apron, still clutching her frying pan.
Competitors have to be local housewives and they must wear an apron and a hat or scarf.
Each participant has a pan containing a hot pancake to toss three times during the run. The first woman to arrive at the church, serve her pancake to the bell ringer and let him kiss her, is the winner.
The recipe for making these delicious pancakes is really simple!!!
To prepare 8 you will need 250 ml of flour, 2 large eggs, 1 liter of milk, salt. Mix everything together and blend well. Leave to rest for 30 minutes. Heat a little oil in a pan, pour in enough batter to cover the base of the pan and cook until the base of the pan is golden. Then shake the pan to melt the pancake and flip the pancake to brown the other side. So, enjoy your pancakes people!