🥞Happy Pancake Day - Shrove Tuesday!
Pancakes are a centuries old tradition, appearing in cookery books as far back as 1439, and originally came into existence when in the Christian faith, followers would use up most of the foodstuffs in the house (i.e. sugar, fats and eggs) on the eve before Lent - a 40 day fasting period symbolic of the time Jesus spent in the wilderness resisting the temptations of Satan. These ingredients were most easily combined into pancakes, hence a 'culinary dish' was born!
The word 'shrove' comes from the English word 'shrive', which means “to obtain absolution for one's sins by way of confession and penance”. However nowadays, Pancake Day is widely celebrated by those without any religious convictions.
And according to legend, pancake flipping began in the 15th century in Buckinghamshire, when a woman who had been in the middle of making pancakes had to rush off to confess her sins, but being concerned her pancake would be overcooked, ‘flipped it’ to so it would carry on cooking but not burn!!
Find our recipe for ‘ Zesty Chocolate Orange Pancakes’ here: