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February 5th, 2008, 11:48 AM
Today is Pancake Day (Shroves Tuesday). What do you all put on your pancakes? I know that you being americans may have pancakes more often than us brits (for some daft reason I only make these once a year and they are so yummy) so you must have some better topping made up than the standard syrup or lemon and sugar......

The link is to a guy making pancakes in stop motion. very very cool.


February 5th, 2008, 01:30 PM
Fresh raspberries and double cream
or maple syrup
or simply a sprinkling of sugar and the juice from a fresh lemon

take your choice. How many can you eat. I reckon to devour around 4 standard size pancakes.

February 5th, 2008, 01:33 PM
just finished doing my lot pancakes, its hardwork, but the time you have done the last one, the first person is ready for their next :o

we have had some with sugar and lemon, and the last one had cornish icecream :D my children have had 5 each!!

February 5th, 2008, 01:49 PM
I learn something new here everyday, I had never even heard of Pancake Day before this.:)

February 5th, 2008, 03:23 PM
I learn something new here everyday, I had never even heard of Pancake Day before this.:)

It's an old tradition, we eat them in Britain every year on Shrove Tuesday - which is today!


PANCAKE DAYhttp://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Pancakes.jpg
Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent - the 40 days leading up to Easter - was traditionally a time of fasting and on Shrove Tuesday Anglo-Saxon Christians went to confession and were "shriven" (absolved from their sins). A bell would be rung to call people to confession. This came to be called the “Pancake Bell” and is still rung today.
Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year and falls between February 3 and March 9. In 2008 Shrove Tuesday will fall on the 5th February.
Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the Lenten fast and pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients.
A pancake is a thin, flat cake, made of batter and fried in a frying pan. A traditional English pancake is very thin and is served immediately. Golden syrup or lemon juice and caster sugar are the usual toppings for pancakes.
The pancake has a very long history and featured in cookery books as far back as 1439. The tradition of tossing or flipping them is almost as old: "And every man and maide doe take their turne, And tosse their Pancakes up for feare they burne." (Pasquil's Palin, 1619).
http://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/pancake-in-pan.gifThe ingredients for pancakes can be seen to symbolise four points of significance at this time of year:
Eggs ~ Creation
Flour ~ The staff of life
Salt ~ Wholesomeness
Milk ~ Purity
To make 8 or so pancakes you will need 8oz plain flour, 2 large eggs, 1 pint milk, salt.
Mix all together and whisk well. Leave to stand for 30 minutes. Heat a little oil in a frying pan, pour in enough batter to cover the base of the pan and let it cook until the base of the pancake has browned. Then shake the pan to loosen the pancake and flip the pancake over to brown the other side.
In the UK, pancake races form an important part of the Shrove Tuesday celebrations - an opportunity for large numbers of people, often in fancy dress, to race down streets tossing pancakes. The object of the race is to get to the finishing line first, carrying a frying pan with a cooked pancake in it and flipping the pancake as you run.

Great Spitalfields Pancake Race, Brick Lane, London
http://www.alternativearts.co.uk/events/pancake/ (http://www.alternativearts.co.uk/events/pancake/)
The most famous pancake race takes place at Olney. According to tradition, in 1445 a woman of Olney heard the shriving bell while she was making pancakes and ran to the church in her apron, still clutching her frying pan. The Olney pancake race is now world famous. Competitors have to be local housewives and they must wear an apron and a hat or scarf.
Each contestant has a frying pan containing a hot pancake. She must toss it three times during the race. The first woman to complete the course and arrive at the church, serve her pancake to the bellringer and be kissed by him, is the winner.
At Westminster School in London, the annual Pancake Grease is held. A verger from Westminster Abbey leads a procession of boys into the playground where the school cook tosses a huge pancake over a five-metre high bar. The boys then race to grab a portion of the pancake and the one who ends up with the largest piece receives a cash bonus from the Dean.
In Scarborough on Shrove Tuesday, everyone assembles on the promenade to skip. Long ropes are stretched across the road and there maybe be ten or more people skipping on one rope. The origins of this custom is not known but skipping was once a magical game, associated with the sowing and spouting of seeds which may have been played on barrows (burial mounds) during the Middle Ages.
Many towns throughout England used to hold traditional Shrove Tuesday football ('Mob Football') games dating back as far back as the 12th century. The practice mostly died out with the passing of the 1835 Highways Act which banned the playing of football on public highways, but a number of towns have managed to maintain the tradition to the present day including Alnwick in Northumberland, Ashbourne in Derbyshire (called the Royal Shrovetide Football Match), Atherstone in Warwickshire, Sedgefield (called the Ball Game) in County Durham, and St Columb Major (called Hurling the Silver Ball) in Cornwall.

Useful links:
Folklore Events in February (including Shrove Tuesday) (http://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/FolkloreYear-Feb.htm#Flexible%20dates%20in%20February)
Folklore Destinations (http://www.historic-uk.com/DestinationsUK/FolkloreDestinations.htm)
Great Spitalfields Pancake Race, Brick Lane, London
http://www.alternativearts.co.uk/events/pancake/ (http://www.alternativearts.co.uk/events/pancake/)

February 5th, 2008, 03:45 PM
Regulations flatten pancake race

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/img/v3/icons/video_text.gifThe perfect pancake (http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/player/nol/newsid_7220000/newsid_7227900?redirect=7227961.stm&news=1&nbram=1&nbwm=1&bbwm=1&bbram=1&asb=1)

A traditional pancake race has fallen flat after it was cancelled due to health and safety regulations.

Every year, children and choristers take part in the Shrove Tuesday race in Ripon, North Yorkshire.

The event was revived 10 years ago and is usually started by the ringing of Ripon Cathedral's ancient Pancake Bell.

But this year's event has been shelved, with organisers blaming the mountain of risk assessments that must be carried out before children can take part.

Bernard Bateman, one of the organisers, said they were told they would have to pay £250 to Harrogate Borough Council to close Kirkgate Road, where the race takes place.

They would also have to hold insurance risk assessments and pay to have medical staff on hand in case of any injuries or accidents.

Mr Bateman, who is also a councillor for Ripon North, said it was difficult to find volunteers to carry out the procedures.

He said: "The main problem is the health and safety aspects and issues such as that.

"There is bureaucracy that goes into holding any event these days, the policing, the risk assessments, and it has a cost factor and takes a lot of time.

"I'm always disappointed when we've held something for some years now and it can't take place."

BBC NEWS24 Today

February 5th, 2008, 04:32 PM
Pancake day today??? I completely forgot. When i was little my gran would cook a huge pile of them and we'd spend the afternoon gorging ourselves:)
Maybe i'll make some later this week.

February 6th, 2008, 09:20 AM
mY wife is brilliant at remembering stuff like this for the kids. They enjoyed their pancakes. :)

My contribution is to insist on high-grade, organic, maple syrup. We basically uSe it 1-2 times a year so we jsut buy a little bottle.

February 6th, 2008, 03:04 PM
For our American friends - what about Yorkshire Puddings?

February 6th, 2008, 03:06 PM
yum yum yorkshire puddings with roast beef, roast potatoes and horseradish :D georgous :)