Pancake Day in Britain

Strawberry banana, cinnamon apple, double blueberry, chocolate chip, buttermilk, cheesecake, raspberry and more. These are all the different ingredients that we have come to associate with what is arguably the most popular item on the breakfast menu, “Pancakes”.  This little pan fried versatile delight is a part of the cuisine of almost every country in the world, and it can be eaten as breakfast, lunch, dinner and even supper. In fact, in certain countries like Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Philippines and Germany, there is even a day dedicated to eating pancakes – Pancake Day! Also known as Shrove Tuesday in the UK, it is the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. ‘Shrove’ comes from the old English word ‘shrive’ – meaning ‘confess all sins’. Pancake Day is seen as the day to eat pancakes as items such as milk, butter and eggs are forbidden during the abstinence of Lent.

Shrove Tuesday was once known as a ‘half-holiday’ in England. It started at 11:00am with the signalling of a church bell. On Pancake Day, pancake races are held in villages and towns across UK. This race is still a common festive tradition in the UK, and England in particular, even today. Contestants race through the streets tossing pancakes into the air from their frying pans, making sure that they don’t drop it. For those of you who will be taking part in pancake races, we bid you all the best. For the rest of us who prefer to eat than run, here are some of the more popular recipes you can try. All our Frasers Hospitality properties come with a fully equipped kitchen which really means you have no reason not to start whipping those pancakes up!

Buttermilk Pancakes

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
Chocolate chip pancakes

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
  • Cinnamon honey syrup
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Combine eggs, milk and oil; add to dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour the batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a lightly greased hot griddle. Turn when bubbles form on top; cook until second side is golden brown. Keep warm.
  2. Combine the syrup ingredients in a 2-cup microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on high until butter is melted and syrup is hot, stirring occasionally. Serve with pancakes.
Strawberry banana pancakes
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 2 cups self rising flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 pint of strawberries


  1. Mash banana and then combine it with buttermilk, eggs, and butter. In separate bowl whisk flour and sugar together. Combine them together.
  2. Heat skillet on medium. Slice strawberries and have them ready. Pour batter into skillet and sprinkle strawberries on top. Push down into the batter and flip the pancakes when it is slightly brown.


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