9 February 2021

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What’s the History of this event?

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.  Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – was traditionally a time of fasting and on Shrove Tuesday, Anglo-Saxon Christians went to confession and were “shriven” (absolved from their sins). A bell would be rung to call people to confession. This came to be called the “Pancake Bell” and is still rung today.

Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year and falls between 3 February 3 and 9 March. In 2021 Shrove Tuesday will fall on 16 February.

Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the Lenten fast and pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients.

A pancake is a thin, flat cake, made of batter and fried in a frying pan. A traditional English pancake is very thin and is served immediately. Golden syrup or lemon juice and caster sugar are the usual toppings for pancakes.

Get your ‘flip’ on.

If you’re intending to cook up a batch of pancakes in half term, we’d love to see you flipping pancakes so send us your photos! Email Food Technology teacher, Mrs Cowell at l.cowell@priory.lancs.sch.uk 

Here’s a basic recipe and method...


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