So Tuesday, 21 February is Pancake Day 2023 or Shrove Tuesday. And who doesn’t love a pancake on Pancake Day (or any other day, for that matter)? A batter made from four ingredients – eggs, flour, milk and salt – fried in a crepe pan (or frying pan).
Traditionally served with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of sugar, pancakes lend themselves to a wide range of toppings – from ham & eggs, berry compote or bananas and butterscotch through to the theatrical flambeing of a retro classic – the crepe Suzette.
The pancake has a very long history, appearing in recipe books dating as far back as 1439. Traditionally served on Shrove Tuesday, the feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, it was the last opportunity to use up eggs and flour before embarking on the Lenten fast.
Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year, anywhere between 03 February to 09 March. This year Shrove Tuesday falls on Tuesday 01 March.
Need some pancake day recipe inspiration? Why not try these delicious pancake recipes below. There’s a basic pancake recipe plus recipes for vegan pancakes and keto-friendly pancakes. And for a bit of a change, there’s even a pancake recipe using oats.