Shrove Tuesday / Máirt na hlnide

Shrove Tuesday Pancakes

Photo credits: LearningLark

One of the most enjoyable days of the year has arrived. Shrove Tuesday or as it is commonly known as Pancake Tuesday across Ireland and Britain, Mardi Gras in France or Fat Tuesday in many countries but what is it really all about?

Tradition

Shrove Tuesday is a tradition followed by many Christians, Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists and Roman Catholics and takes place the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent. It’s a day of penitence, to clean the soul, and a day of celebration as the last chance to feast before Lent begins. The date for Shrove Tuesday is always 47 days before Easter and will generally move between 3rd February and 9th March.

Eggs, flour and milk to the ready!

Shrove Tuesday is a wonderful family day. Children eagerly waiting for their pancakes, Mum or Dad testing their skills at flipping the pancake without having it land on the floor or burning any. The race to try and keep up the supply of pancakes on the table before they are gobbled up. Many giggles, positive memories and family traditions are created around this day.

Unlike the American pancake, this traditional pancake is thin and closely resembles crepes. If you don’t have a recipe, we recommend trying Odlums traditional pancakes.

What will you have on yours? Will you go sweet or savoury?

 

 

 

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