Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Tuesday is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Shrove Tuesday marks the beginning of Lent in the Catholic tradition. This year, Shrove Tuesday falls on February 16th. Shrove Tuesday is followed by Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Lent lasts for 40 days and Christians traditionally fast or give up certain foods. The forty days represent the time that Jesus spent fasting in the desert. Pancake Tuesday falls 47 days before Easter. The word shrove derives from the word shrive, meaning to present oneself for confession, penance and absolution.
Why do people eat Pancakes on this day?
In times gone by, people used to prepare for the fast by using up all of the ingredients they had in their kitchen (eggs, milk, flour,butter..!)
With over two weeks to go until Pancake Tuesday (February 16th), I have decided to practice my pancake-making skills. I enjoyed these American Style pancakes for breakfast served with yoghurt and strawberries, however they can be served with whatever toppings you like. This is an easy recipe and it didn’t take long to make these yummy thick and fluffy pancakes.
You will need:
125g/4oz Odlums Self Raising Flour
1 tablespoon Shamrock Golden Caster Sugar (optional)
Pinch of Salt
150ml/¼ pint Milk
Oil for frying
Sieve flour and salt into a bowl, stir in the sugar (if using)
Add the egg and beat while adding the milk. Mix until mixture becomes smooth.
Heat a little oil on a pan and drop spoonfuls of batter onto pan. When mixture is puffed and bubbling on top, turn and cook on other side.
This recipe is by Supervalu and tasted a lot better than it looks. It was delicious when served immediately and when the sauce was warm.
For the Pudding
0.5 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
225 g Butter
50 g Crystallised Ginger Finely chopped
3 large Eggs
1 tsp Ground Ginger
150 g Light Brown Sugar
1 tsp Mixed Spice
1 pinch Sea Salt
125 g Self-Raising Flour
175 g Signature Tastes Medjool Dates Chopped
100 ml Sour Cream
For the Whiskey White Chocolate Butterscotch Sauce
4 tbsp Butter
150 ml Double Cream
125 g Light Brown Sugar
100 g White Chocolate Finely chopped
For the pudding; Grease a 2-litre pudding mould and pop it onto a baking tray. Heat the oven to 160°C.
Beat the butter and sugar in a freestanding mixer until light and fluffy.
Mix the flour, spices and ginger together in a bowl then beat into the butter mix with the eggs.
Add the dates and 100ml of water to a medium saucepan. Simmer for 2-3 minutes until the dates have softened. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda and it will become foamy, this is why you need a slightly larger saucepan.
Fold this into the rest of the ingredients along with the sour cream and a pinch of salt. Pour into the greased pudding mould and bake for 1 hour until fully cooked, risen and golden.
For the butterscotch sauce, combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan, except the white chocolate, stir together and bring to the boil, reduce the heat a little, simmer for a minute or two until it has thickened, then stir through the white chocolate until melted.
This recipe is by bbcgoodfood and turned out great- I would definitely make it again. This coffee cake is a lovely dessert that would go well with your favourite beverage☕
170g butter or margarine, plus extra for the tins
170g caster sugar
3 large eggs
170g self-raising flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tbsp instant coffee, dissolved in 1 tbsp hot water (add more if you like it stronger)
225g icing sugar
100g butter or margarine
1½ tbsp instant coffee, dissolved in 1 tbsp hot water
strawberry jam (optional)
walnuts or cherries, to decorate (optional)
Heat the oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Line and butter two 18cm sandwich tins. Add the sugar and butter to a bowl and whisk until very fluffy and pale.
Whisk the eggs in a mug with a fork, then add them gradually to the mixture with 1 tbsp of flour each time. (Make sure you don’t use all the flour.)
When the eggs have been fully combined into the mix, add the rest of the flour and the baking powder and fold it in gently.
Add the dissolved coffee to the mixture, still folding. Divide into the sandwich tins and cook for 25-30 min until risen and firm and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Leave to cool in the tin for 5 mins then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Can be frozen at this stage.
Meanwhile, make the icing by beating the icing sugar with the butter until light and fluffy, then add the dissolved coffee. Whisk, then cover and set aside until ready to ice the cake.
Spread half the icing on the bottom of one sponge and spread the strawberry jam on the bottom of the other, if using. Sandwich together, then spread the remaining icing on top. Decorate with walnuts or cherries, if you like.