Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.
Shrove comes from “shrive” which means to “gain absolution for one’s sins and doing penance”. It’s called Pancake Day because pancakes are a great way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk and sugar before the start of the 40 days of Lent which meant no meat, dairy product or eggs.
Annual Pancake Race allegedly dates back to 1445 when a woman from Olney, Buckinghamshire was so busy making pancakes that she forgot the time until she heard the church bells ringing for the service. She raced out of the house to church while still carrying her frying pan and pancake, tossing it to prevent it from burning. Today races are still run round the country with prizes given to the best flipper!
Pancakes are a good way of using up rich foods but if you don’t want to indulge in a pancake but do fancy a treat on Pancake Day try this recipe for a Sweet Omelette which Fiona Dawson kindly let us reproduce from her Instagram account. Loads more tempting recipes there as well – check out @fionadawson
Here’s the recipe.
So if you don’t fancy a pancake on pancake day I can highly recommend a 2SP Sweet Omelette made with salted caramel yoghurt fresh fruit and chocolate spread. Pure heaven on a plate.
Sweet omelette made using 2 @clarence_court burford brown eggs, egg white separated and whisked to soft peaks and then fold in the beaten yolks together with 1 tsp @truviauk sweetener. Cooked in an omelette pan on a medium to low heat, top half then cooked under the grill.
Then fill it with salted caramel @skinnymixes syrup flavoured fat free @fage_uk Greek yoghurt, raspberries, sliced nectarine, blueberries, a drizzle of 14g @jimjams_spreads 2SP that I melted in the microwave to make it easier to drizzle inside and outside the omelette and then a sprinkle of fresh mint.
Enjoy it and thanks again Fiona.