Read on for more information on Pancake day and some tips to make better pancakes!


Pancake Day is celebrated every year, though it is not an official UK bank holiday. It is also known as Shrove Tuesday and marks the start of the Christian festival Lent, where Christians give up something that they value or use regularly to test their willpower and to mirror Jesus’s 40 days of fasting in the desert. Chocolate and sweets are some commonly given up things. In other cultures, Mardi Gras is celebrated on this day. This year, Pancake Day falls on the 13th of February - the day before Valentine’s Day!


Now you may be wondering, why specifically pancakes? Well, it is to use up all the ingredients in the pantry or cupboards in preparation for Lent. Furthermore, the components of pancakes - eggs, flour, butter, sugar and milk - used to be commonly given up in Lent so using them up reduced waste. 


Tried and true top tips to make better pancakes:


Firstly, and maybe most importantly, don’t stir the batter before adding it into the pan. This traps more air for fluffier pancakes and produces a better result. Also, a thicker batter will make the pancakes super fluffy!


Secondly, don’t over whisk the batter. It may be lumpy and counter intuitive, but stop mixing after all dry streaks have disappeared for better results.


Lastly, when cooking, flip the pancakes once there are small bubbles at the edge of the cooking batter and lower the heat if you are finding it burnt before bubbles appear. Pick up the pancakes more easily - without chasing it around the pan - by using one smooth motion.


I hope you’ve found this article helpful or informative and that you try these tips next time you make some pancakes!