is the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent – ‘Shrove’ stems from old English word ‘shrive’, meaning ‘confess all sins’. It is called Pancake Day because it is the day traditionally for eating pancakes as pancake recipes were a way to use up any stocks of milk, butter and eggs which were forbidden during the abstinence of Lent.
The typical English pancake is thin and light and not dissimilar to a French crepe and usually eaten with sugar and lemon, or Golden Syrup.
Pancakes are not just for Pancake Day (aka Shrove Tuesday). As you every country has their own style and they certainly do not keep them for simply one day of the year. In the UK the most popular time is to eat pancakes on Pancake Day – the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent – known also as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday.
Pancake Day is a fabulous day of celebrating the day before abstinence sets in and traditionally a way to use up any stocks of milk, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.