Yesterday was Pancake Day. Did you celebrate? In the U.S. we usually think of Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, but in England it is common to celebrate Pancake Day. I heard a mention of it on the radio but did not realize how common the celebration really is.
Pancake Day is also known as Shrove Tuesday and is the day before Ash Wednesday. ‘Shrove’ comes from the old English word ‘shrive,’ meaning ‘confess all sins.’ This was the day people would confess their sins before the start of Lent. Pancake Day used up any stocks of milk, butter and eggs which were forbidden during the abstinence of Lent.
Next year I will be on top of this celebration. Remember pancakes can be thick and fluffy like those in the U.S. or thin and sweet like a crepe. Any of the toppings you love – syrup, whipped cream, sugar, fruits, jelly, chocolate sauce – are more than welcome.