Here is our recipe for a great pancake.
100g/4oz plain or self raising flour
Large pinch of salt
1 standard egg
1 tablespoon of melted butter.
Sift flour and salt into bowl. Beat to a creamy batter with half the milk, egg and melted butter. Then stir in the remaining milk.
The recipe is taken from “The Dairy Book Of Home Cookery”.
Every family had this book from the Milk Marketing Board back in the 70’s.
Back in the days when milk was delivered door-to-door, the book could be bought from your milkman.
Pancake Day is also called Shrove Tuesday in religious circles.
The word shrove is a form of the English word shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins by way of Confession and doing penance. Thus Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the custom for Christians to be “shriven” before the start of Lent.
Shrove Tuesday is called Pancake Day in the UK and parts of the Commonwealth but in other countries it can be called “Mardi Gras” or “Fat Tuesday”
In Iceland it is called Sprengidagur (Bursting Day) and is marked by eating salted meat and peas.
In Newfoundland and Cape Breton Island small tokens are frequently cooked in the pancakes. Children take delight in discovering the objects, which are intended to be divinatory. For example, the person who receives a coin will be wealthy; a nail indicates that they will become or marry a carpenter.