Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday


This year Shrove Tuesday falls on 8th March. The date is determined by the date of Easter which is set by the moon phases. It can range from 3rd February to the 9th March.

Shrove Tuesday is a term used in Christian countries for the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent a time of fasting and prayer leading up to the Easter celebrations. The term is derived from the English word ‘shrive’ meaning the seeking of absolution through penance and confession for ones sins.

In the UK this day is also known as ‘Pancake day’. It was named this as ingredients such as flour, eggs, butter and sugar, traditionally not eaten during Lent were used to make pancakes to ‘use’ them up.

English Pancakes are thicker than their European cousins ‘crepes’ being served immediately after cooking. Originally they were served with a meat stew but nowadays they tend to have sweet fillings.

In Derbyshire there is the traditional Shrovetide football match in Ashbourne. This is a 2 day event when hundreds of people take part, shops are boarded up and the centre of Ashbourne becomes part of the pitch! Further information can be found at

Races which involve tossing the pancake as you run also take place in many areas

Do you have any special ‘Pancake day’ traditions or do you observe Lent? If you do let me know!


Recipe for Pancakes

110g/4oz plain flour, sifted

pinch of salt

2 eggs

300ml milk

Oil for greasing the pan



Sift the flour into a bowl with the salt

Make a well in the middle of the flour and add 1 egg. Mix in well

Add the other egg and mix

Slowly add the liquid beating well

Allow to stand for about 10 minutes in a fridge

Heat the pan and oil with a small amount of oil on a medium heat. I wipe mine onto the pan with kitchen paper

Add a small amount of the batter and cover the base on the pan. Allow the mixture to cook and start to brown

Toss or turn the pancake

Allow the other side to cook

Serve immediately


Suggested fillings:

Butter and sugar

Lemon juice and sugar

Orange juice

Maple syrup


Other things I add to pancakes are:

The grated zest of an orange added to the mixture with a drop or so of sweet orange essential oil. I serve these with cinnamon butter

Lavender flowers and a drop of essential oil added to the mixture served with crème fraiche

A small amount of grated ginger or essential oil in the mixture served with crème fraiche and grated lemon zest


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