St Albans and Welwyn Methodist Circuit

Shrove Tuesday

- 13th February 2018

This day precedes Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent.  Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the word 'shrive' which means to confess.

Being the last day before Lent, it was traditional to eat up all the rich foods or those that would give pleasure in favour of plain food.  Pancakes were made to use up rich ingredients before the 40-day fast. 

Recipe for pancakes:

120g plain flour, sifted
pinch of salt
1 egg
250ml milk
1 teaspoon of caster sugar
50g butter

Sift together the flour and salt into a bowl.  Make a well in the centre and break the egg into that well.  Gradually mix the egg into the flour mixture.  Then start adding small quantities of the milk, mixing as you add. 

Melt the butter in the pan - pour off most of the butter into a dish for use later, leaving just a coating of fat in the pan.  Add a couple of spoons of mixture and tilt pan to get covering - once one side is cooked - have a go at tossing your pancake!