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How to make pancakes

Why is it called this?

The word ‘shrive’ means to give absolution after a confession. Shrove Tuesday is the day when people used to go to confession in order to ready themselves for Lent which begins the following day.

Why pancakes?

Because Lent is a period of fasting, staples like eggs, fat and milk would be used up so that they did not spoil. Hence, pancakes.

If you look up recipes for pancakes you will see that they date back to the 15th century.

How to make pancakes

2 cups flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

¼ cup melted butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon salt

1 ½ cups milk

Gently mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. The mixture may look a little lumpy but if the ingredients are mixed and the flour is all incorporated, then it will be fine.

Now take a griddle or even a frying pan, non-stick is better. Preheat and lightly grease the griddle or pan.

Using a soup ladle spoon out your batter and let it spread to the edges of the pan. Cook it until the bubbles come up and then flip the pancake over. Cook for a further minute. You can use a fish fry to do this if you don’t plan on flipping the pancakes in the air.

This should give you about 6-7 pancakes and you can keep them warm on a warm plate until they are all made. 

Final thoughts

Don’t overbeat the batter as this will make tough pancakes. They should be light and fluffy. Cinnamon, sugar, butter, and lemon juice are typically served on pancakes, but the choice is really up to you and what you enjoy.

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