Pancake Tuesday falls on 17th February this year.
Also referred to as 'Shrove Tuesday' or 'Pancake Day', the tradition originally began when people had to find a way to use up stocks of milk, butter and eggs before the obligatory abstinence of Lent.
Pancakes apparently originated back in the fifteenth century when the pancakes were thicker than the modern crepe-influenced pancake is today.
In New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro, it's referred to as the 'Mari Gras' carnival and is celebrated with a parade and a food festival. Wherever you are in the world, though, this time of the year gives us an excuse to rustle up something extremely tasty to eat.
Did you know that with the average Irish tax refund of €1076.17, you could make 10,560 pancakes?
The average Irish tax refund is €1076.17
Fancy making pancakes? Check out the recipe below.
• 100g plain flour
• Pinch of salt
• 1 egg
• 300 ml milk
• 1 tablspoon of melted butter or sunflower oil
1. Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl and make a well in the centre.
2. Crack the egg into the well and add the melted butter and half the milk.
3. Gradually stir the flour into the well with a wooden spoon.
4. Beat well to make a smooth batter. Stir in the remainder of the milk.
5. Heat a frying pan until very hot and then turn the heat down to medium.
6. Lightly grease with oil and then ladle in enough batter to coat the base of the pan thinly.
7. Cook over a moderate heat for 1-2 minutes until the batter looks dry on the top and is starting to brown at the edges. Flip the pancake over with a fish slice and cook the reverse.
8. Enjoy with whatever sweet or savoury accompaniments take your fancy. Sugar and lemon is our favourite here. Old-school but delicious!