Who doesn't love a pancake? Batter made from four simple ingredients - eggs, flour, milk and salt is fried in a crepe pan (or frying pan). Traditionally served with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of sugar, pancakes lend themselves to a wide range of toppings - from ham & eggs, berry compote or bananas and butterscotch through to the theatrical flambaying of a retro classic - the crepe suzette.
The pancake has a very long history, appearing in recipe books dating as far back as 1439. Traditionally served on Shrove Tuesday, the feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, it was the last opportunity to use up eggs and flour before embarking on the Lenten fast.
Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year, anywhere between 3rd February to the 9th March. This year Shrove Tuesday falls on Tuesday 16th February. Why not try the delicious pancake recipe below for a change.