Pancake Day - Fun Aprons for Everyone
Every year we look forward to Pancake Day - it's the perfect excuse to have pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
A Short History of Pancake Day
The history of pancake day lies in Shrove Tuesday, which is the day before Lent starts. Traditionally, Lent heralds the beginning of 40 days of fasting up to Easter Sunday, with Shrove Tuesday being the last chance to use up rich food such as eggs, sugar, milk and any toppings you might like.
Shrove Tuesday has another name - Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, echoing the using up of rich or fatty foods that we then make pancakes with.
Essential Equipment for Making Pancakes
First off, scales, a measuring jug and a large sturdy bowl to get some serious whisking and mix done in. We like the type that have a bit of lip on one side that means you have more of a grip with your non-whisking hand.
Next up is a balloon whisk, or if you don't have one, a fork will do. Making sure you give the ingredients a good strong whisk, ensures the pancakes are light and airy and that there are no flour lumps left.
Once your mix is all done, a non-stick frying pan works a treat to cook your pancakes in. We find a non-stick spatular helps to give the pancakes a good flip.
A Swiss friend of ours, told us that in Switzerland, they have a saying that the first pancake is always for the cook! Of course, only to check that the batter is a good one...
We generally try and have a couple of savoury toppings then unleash the sweet ... amazed how filling they are as we sit back with full stomachs on Fat Tuesday.
Classic pancake recipe from BBC Food
Family Fun Cooking Together on Pancake Day
Kids love making pancakes, they are quick and easy to make - with added excitement of the flip, will it get stuck to the ceiling or the floor?
Why not make it extra special with a personalised or humerous apron? Our personalised kids' aprons and chef hats add extra fun and a surprise to a great family cooking occassion.
Looking for a Vegan Pancake Recipe?
Look no further! BBC food have a simple Vegan pancake recipe that uses almond milk instead of cow's milk. The pancakes are the slightly fluffier American version and taste just as good piled with fruit, vegan chocolate or simple lemon and sugar.
Visit the BBC food website for the Vegan Recipe