Marking the last day before Lent (a period of abstinence associated with clearing your cupboards of sugar, eggs and fats), Shrove Tuesday is the last day where you can really indulge yourself and use up those ingredients - what better thing to make than a pancake!
Pancake Day takes place 47 days before Easter Sunday and 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, Pancake Day is on Tuesday 17th February 2015.
Here's a great pancake recipe to help you feed the whole family!
225g / 8 oz. plain or all-purpose flour
2 large, fresh eggs
600ml / 2½ cups milk
2 tsp melted butter plus extra melted butter for cooking
Method - Makes 12 pancakes
Sieve the flour into a large baking bowl, add the salt. Make a well in the centre of the flour and add the eggs. Beat well until smooth and lump free.
Add half the milk and the 2 tsp of butter, beat well. Add the remaining milk and stir.
Leave the batter to rest for 15 minutes.
Lightly grease a pancake pan or frying pan with a little melted butter. Heat until very hot and add a ladleful of batter so it evenly and thinly coats the base of the pan. Cook until set and lightly golden.
Using a spatula or if you are really brave try tossing the pancake in the air, and cook on the other side for approx. 30 seconds.
Slip the pancake from the pan onto a warm plate. Cover the plate with a tea cloth and keep warm.. Continue as above until all the batter is used up.