What is Shrove Tuesday / Pancake Day?
Shrove Tuesday marks the last day before Lent, traditionally a period of abstinence, associated with clearing your cupboards of goods such as sugar, fats and eggs. It's commonly known as Pancake Day because it represents a good opportunity to use such ingredients ahead of the fasting period. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
When is Pancake Day?
Pancake Day takes place 47 days before Easter Sunday. Because the date of Easter Sunday is dictated by the cycles of the moon, Pancake Day can occur anytime between February 3 and March 9.
This year's action is on Tuesday March 5 2019.
In Portuguese-, Spanish- and Italian-speaking countries, among others, it is known as “Carnival” (to use the English spelling). This derives from the words - carne levare (to take away meat) adding to another aspect of Lent
It is often celebrated with street processions or fancy dress.
Look for our Pancake recipe in our recipe section or click on the link below:
http://overseas.es/whatsNew/recipes/1/item38 or alternatively try our Aunt Bessies Pancake Mix available from Overseas Supermarkets!
Pancake Day Fun facts :
10 things you didn't know about pancakes
1: The largest pancake in the world was cooked up in Rochdale in 1994, weighing in at 6,614 lbs (that's three tonnes!) and measuring 49 ft and 3in long.
2: If you feel guilty about using readymade pancake mix, don't worry - people have been doing it forever. Aunt Jemimas was invented in St Joseph, Missouri in 1889 and is claimed to be the first ever readymade pancake mixture to be sold.
3: The world's largest pancake breakfast was held in Springfield, America, in 2012. The breakfast saw 15,000 people get together in Main Street to enjoy a huge number of pancakes and raised $10,000 for a local charity.
4: Pancake races happen all over England throughout Shrove Tuesday. The tradition is thought to have originated in Olney in the 15th century, after a woman lost track of time while cooking pancakes. When the bells for mass rang, she ran out of her house with the pan and pancake still in hand. Olney still holds a pancake race every year.
5: The largest number of pancake flips in the shortest amount of time is currently 349 flips in two minutes, a record achieved by Dean Gould in Felixstowe, Suffolk, in 1995.
6: While we in Britain tend to keep our pancake ingredients nice and simple, in Newfoundland, Canada, objects with symbolic value are added to the batter to be cooked. These items are then used to interpret different messages about the future - for example, a pancake served with a ring inside may signify marriage.
7: In France, it is traditional while flipping a pancake to hold a coin in one hand and to make a wish.
8: The largest stack of pancakes ever cooked was made up of 60 pancakes and was an impressive 76cm tall.
9: It is estimated that an impressive 52 million eggs are used in Britain each year on pancake day - that's 22 million more than every other day of the year.
10: The French call pancake day Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday. This originates from the ancient ritual of parading a large ox through Paris to remind people that meat was forbidden during the Lent period.