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Pancake Tuesday

- Posted on: 16/02/2021 -

Shrove Tuesday

Pancake Tuesday originated from ‘Shrove Tuesday’. It is the day before Ash Wednesday which is the start of lent. It is called ‘Shrove Tuesday’ because the word ‘Shrove’ is linked to the word ‘Shrive’ which means to ‘absolve’.


In the past, families would prepare to fast for lent by using up all the ingredients they had in their house. This would usually be eggs, milk and flour, so they would make pancakes.


Christians traditionally fast for these days and usually give up certain foods or things they enjoy like chocolate, crisps and sweets for the 40 days before Easter. This time represents the days Jesus spent in the dessert resisting the temptation of satan. Lent was taken very serious and Irish families would usually only eat one meal a day.


Pancake Tuesday is celebrated all over Ireland and the UK, it’s even celebrated in South America but it is called Mardi Gras – 'Fat Tuesday'! Everyone loves pancake Tuesday, it’s a day where you can eat pancakes for your breakfast, lunch and dinner! Whether you have sweet or savoury pancakes is up to you but delicious either way! Here is a list of our favourite pancake toppings!


Sweet -

·         Nutella

·         Nutella & Strawberries

·         Nutella & Banana

·         Sugar & Lemon

·         A scoop of vanilla ice-cream, crushed biscoff biscuits and caramel sauce

·         A scoop of an ice-cream of your choice, kinder Bueno pieces and chocolate sauce


Savoury –

·         Maple syrup & bacon

·         Bacon & scrambled eggs

·        Cheddar, Ham & Herbed Tomatoes

·         Smoked Salmon, Crème Fraiche & Spinach

·       Roasted Pepper, Mozzarella & Herbed Tomatoes


We hope ye enjoy the pancakes ye make and be sure to send us a picture on social media!

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