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This is a collection of all my delicious Pancake Recipes ready for Pancake Day. If you know me by now, you’ll know I love to research British foods and how they cam about so there are some facinating facts to follow such as how did Shrove Tuesday get its name? What are the traditional ingredients for pancakes and where did the first Pancake Race take place?
If on the other hand you’re starving and need pancakes IMMEDIATELY then feel free to hit the button below to be whisked past all that and see the collection of recipes.
So this year Pancake Day falls on Tuesday 13th February 2024. Last year Pancake Day was 21st February 2023. But why does Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday move about? I’m sure I look this up every year and you’d have thought I would have archived the information in my mind now to present itself at the right time but no. Here I am again, googling Pancake Day and the meaning behind Shrove Tuesday.
Obviously I know the basics being brought up on Christianity and attending Sunday School for the first 13 years of my life but I’m a wee bit older than that now (cough, three decades older) and the little grey cells fail me more and more these days!
So! More for me, and maybe of interest for you, I’ve listed Top 5 facts about Pancake Day and linked to my all time favourite free from pancake recipes. Enjoy!
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Flippin Marvellous Top 5 Pancake Day Facts;
(1) Why do we call it Shrove Tuesday?
The term Shrove Tuesday comes from the word ‘shrive’ which means to ‘absolve’ in this case it’s a time for reflection, absolving our sins and preparation for the 40 days of fasting ahead that start with Ash Wednesday.
(2) What are Pancakes traditionally made of and why do we eat Pancakes on Pancake Tuesday?
Across the world, different countries feast on various simple foods, each food suggests what was prevalent hundreds of years ago. In the UK those foods would have been eggs, flour and milk therefore these are the ingredients that would have needed to be eaten up in preparation for the fast. Other countries make pastries, doughnuts, soups, omelettes and eat meat for the last time for 40 days. (My Russian sister-in-law observes veganism for 40 days)
(3) Where was the first Pancake Race held?
Pancake Day races actually originated in a village about 6 miles as the crow flies from me in Olney, Bedfordshire. The story goes that in 1445 a housewife became so embroiled in making pancakes she failed to notice the time until she heard the church bells. According to folk tale she ran from the house, frying pan in hand tossing her pancake as she legged it to the church…I adore this story and want it to be true so in my books it is 100% accurate!
(4) Why does Pancake Day move dates and when is Easter this year?
Pancake Day is exactly 47 days before Easter Sunday which is determined by the cycles of moon (Sundays are not included in Lent). If you’re asking yourself the question: When is Easter this year? The answer is Sunday 31st March 2024.
(5) When is Pancake Day next year?
Next year Pancake Day is on Tuesday 4th March 2025.
Well there you have it, hope you’ve learnt something new? I did…again (rolls eyes) lets hope by writing it down I’ll actually remember it this time! Okay-dokey, onto the delicious recipes I promised you. below is a collection of free from pancakes, I’ve tried to cover all free from requirements so hopefully there’s something here for you. Click the images to be whisked off to the recipes in a new tab and remember to have flippin fun…too much?
Gluten Free Pancake Recipes
Presenting my ever-growing collection of delicious gluten free pancakes for Pancake Day. All are gluten free and I’ve also added some that are also dairy and egg free pancakes too.
Gluten Free Scotch Pancake Recipe
Easy Gluten Free Pancake (Crepe) Recipe
Gluten Free and Vegan Pancake Recipes
Gluten Free and Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancake Recipe
Gluten Free and Vegan Beetroot American Pancake Recipe
Gluten Free and Vegan Traditional Pancake (Crepe) Recipe
The next recipe is clearly not a pancake recipe but is a great idea for those who aren’t too keen on pancakes but wish to join in. Or maybe you just fancy something different this Shrove Tuesday?
Gluten Free Belgium Waffle Recipe
I thought I’d grab a few of my fellow free from bloggers recipes to give you some inspiration for different types of pancake and pancake fillings and toppings. Really the possibilities are endless so have some fun with it and please do comment below to let ne know what your favourite toppings are.
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