Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday
Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday are served in the UK, Australia, Canada and Ireland, otherwise known as pancake Tuesday. These are not thick, American-style pancakes, but the thin crêpe-type, European pancake that I like to serve with golden syrup and lemon.
Shrove Tuesday is also Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras. It is celebrated on the last day before the fast of Lent, Ash Wednesday. Shrove is the past tense of ‘shrive’ which is to confess one’s sins and is also the last day of Shrovetide.
Before the start of the fast for Lent, historically it is a way to use up foods like eggs and milk so they didn’t go to waste.
When I was a child I loved pancake Tuesday because I knew when I got home from school there was a big plate of them waiting.
This pancake recipe is just like crêpes but my mother liked to serve them with fresh lemon juice and golden syrup. Golden syrup is a British thick, amber-colored caramel tasting syrup that has been around since 1881. It is now available in many U.S. supermarkets.
Adding lemon juice might sound like a strange addition, but trust me it goes really well with the pancake and the nutty sweetness of the golden syrup, it’s a taste sensation.
For presentation, I like to fold the pancakes into triangles because that’s how my mother did it, but they can be rolled up like traditional crêpe also.
You don’t have to wait until Shrove Tuesday rolls around to enjoy these pancakes. Because they are crepes, they would be delicious for breakfast or brunch, which is how my husband and I enjoyed them Sunday morning.
Did you come here looking for good old American pancakes? I’ve got you covered with my Whole Wheat Pancake recipe (< click text for link).