Shrove Tuesday marks the day before Lent and will see families throughout The New Forest and the UK making fabulous pancakes and having a flipping good time.
Traditionally associated with abstinence, Lent is known as the time for clearing your cupboards of sugar, fats and eggs and these ingredients are used to make a pancake before the fasting period begins.
Pancake Day is held on a day in February or March preceding Ash Wednesday (first day of Lent).
This year Pancake Day is on 17th February.
We have found a simple and affordable pancake recipe that makes 8-10 pancakes for you to try:
1 large egg
1tsp caster sugar
Pinch of salt
Vegetable oil for frying - always ask an adult to help with this bit.
Whisk all the ingredients together with one third of the milk until smooth.
Whisk in the remaining milk, then strain if necessary.
Heat a good non-stick frying pan, rub with a little vegetable oil, then pour in a little pancake mix, and immediately tilt the pan so that the mixture spreads evenly.
Turn after one minute with a spatula or palette knife – or if you’re feeling confident, flip it!
If you need to make a large quantity of pancakes, make them in advance and stack them up between squares of greaseproof paper. When you’re ready to serve them, re-heat in the oven for a minute or so.
Batter keeps in the fridge for up to two days; just re-whisk it before using.