English Pancakes

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The British pancake has remained surprisingly true to its Roman origins. But perhaps that’s because it also plays a part in another pre-Lenten ritual – the pancake race. By 1430, British culinary manuscripts seem to suggest that pancakes had become familiar fare, but it wasn’t until the 17th century that pancakes began to appear in printed cookery books.


Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)
Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. 'Shrove' stems from the old English word 'shrive' which means 'confess all sins'. In England a very important part of this celebration is a tradition which dates back to 1445 - the pancake race. Participants with frying pans race through the streets tossing pancakes into the air and catching them in the pan while running.

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The British pancake is very thin and traditionally drenched in lemon juice, rolled up and sprinkled with sugar. They have three key ingredients: plain flour, eggs, and milk. English pancakes may be eaten as a sweet dessert with the traditional topping or wrapped around savory stuffings and eaten as a main course.