Pancake Day (8 March)

pancakesShrove Tuesday is also known as Pancake Day (or Pancake Tuesday to some people) because it is the one day of the year when almost everyone eats a pancake.


  • The count down to Shrove Tuesday begins on Egg Saturday.
  • The day before Shrove Tuesday is known as Collop Monday
  • Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren’t allowed in Lent. Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.
  • Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year and falls between 3 February and 9 March.
  • The name Shrove comes from the old word “shrive” which means to confess. On Shrove Tuesday, in the Middle Ages, people used to confess their sins so that they were forgiven before the season of Lent began. copyright of

The English Pancake

  • A pancake is a thin, flat cake, made of batter and fried in a pan.
  • Sugar is sprinkled over the top and a dash of fresh lemon juice added. The pancake is then rolled.
  • Some people add golden syrup or jam rolled pancake

Fun Cooking – Pancakes

Have a go at making pancakes with the Fun Kids’ recipe

Preparation time
Less than 30 mins

Cooking time
Less than 10 mins

Remember to get help from an adult, especially when cooking the pancakes


For the pancake mixture:
110g sifted plain flour
pinch of salt
2 eggs
200ml milk mixed with 75ml water
50g butter

Serve with:
caster sugar
lemon juice
lemon wedges


Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl using a sieve.

Break the eggs into the flour and begin whisking the eggs using whisk or a fork.  Remember to ensure that any bits of flour around the edge of the bowl are whisked in.

Add small quantities of the milk and water mixture, and whisking (don’t worry if you have some lumps as these will eventually disappear as you whisk).

When all the milk and water mixture has been added, whisk until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of cream.

Now get mummy or daddy to help cook the pancakes

They will need to melt the butter in a pan, and then spoon 2 tbsp of it into the batter and whisk it all together.

They should then pour the rest of the butter into a bowl and use it to butter the frying pan.

Tell them to get the pan really hot and then turn the heat down to medium.

Spoon 2 tablespoons of batter into the pan (this should be enough for  an 18cm pan).

As soon as the batter hits the pan, tip the pan around from side to side to ensure the base is covered evenly with batter.

Each pancake should only take half a minute to cook.  To check when they’re ready, lift the edge with a spatula to see if the pancakes golden.

If so, then flip the pancake over with a spatula – the other side will need a few seconds only – then simply slide it out of the pan onto a plate.

Stack the pancakes as you make them between sheets of greaseproof paper on a plate fitted over simmering water, to keep them warm while you make the rest.

To serve, spinkle each pancake with freshly squeezed lemon juice and caster sugar.  You could fold in half, and then in half again to form triangles.


See the Fun Kids recipe for pancakes

Other names for Shrove TuesdayPancake

  • United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia – Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday
  • Brazil – Terça-feira gorda – Fat Tuesday – the final day of Brazilian Carnival.
  • Greece – Apocreas, which means “from the meat” since they don’t eat meat during Lent, either.
  • Sweden – Fettisdagen (Fat Tuesday).
  • USA – in Catholic and French-speaking parts of the United States this day is called Mardi Gras.
  • Germany – “Fastnacht” (Also spelt “Fasnacht”, “Fasenacht”, “Fasteloven” (in the Rhine area) or “Fasching” in Bavaria.)
  • In France – Mardi Gras, which means Grease or Fat Tuesday.
  • In Iceland – “Sprengidagur” (Bursting day).