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Britons will eat 117 million pancakes this Pancake Day

EGGS and dough at the ready – today is Pancake Day.

The annual celebration of Shrove Tuesday marks the New Year’s Eve of Lent and has traditionally meant eating up our nutrient-rich foods before a 40-day fast.

Britons will eat 117 million pancakes tomorrow as we celebrate Pancake Day

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Britons will eat 117 million pancakes tomorrow as we celebrate Pancake DayCredit: Getty

It may be an old Christian custom but to this day we still rise to the challenge, starting to overturn as we try to master the perfect pancake.

To celebrate the event, allow us to introduce you to some Shrove Tuesdays, while MasterChef co-host Gregg Wallace throws in some inspirational pancake ideas into the mix. well suited.

WHEN IS THE PANCAKE DAY?

Today is the last day before the beginning of Lent – a religious season in the Christian calendar that culminates in Easter.

The date changes every year depending on when Easter falls but since Easter is always a Sunday, Pancake Day is always a Tuesday.

WHY WE CELEBRATE PANCAKE DAY?

The word ‘shrove’ is a form of the English word ‘shrove’, which means absolution by confession and atonement.

It is traditionally seen as an opportunity to enjoy before Lent, and pancakes are eaten using high-fat foods such as eggs and milk.

The 40 days of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, reflect the 40 days Jesus fasted in the desert, enduring the temptations of the devil.

With the bleak prospect of a long time quickly looming, Shrove Tuesday becomes an opportunity to regain strength.

In France, it’s called Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday – something that has been adopted by other countries including the US.

WHAT IS PANCAKE LOCATION?

As well as making and eating pancakes, the British love to race them – when people run while flipping pancakes on the pan.

According to legend, the tradition was born in the 15th century when a woman in Buckinghamshire rushed to church to confess her sins while making pancakes.

In addition to making and eating pancakes, the British love to race them - when people run while flipping pancakes on a pan

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In addition to making and eating pancakes, the British love to race them – when people run while flipping pancakes on a panCredit: PA: Press Association

HOW MUCH WE EAT?

We eat two of each on average, which means we ate an incredible 117 million pancakes in just one day.

This requires enough milk to fill more than 93 Olympic swimming pools and nearly 13 million kilograms of regular flour.

WHAT ARE THEY BEEN MADE?

The earliest pancakes were made 12,000 years ago and were made from a blend of grains and nuts, mixed with water or milk and then cooked over hot stones.

Today, basic recipes include three main ingredients: Flour, eggs, and milk. The most common topping is lemon and sugar, followed by maple syrup.

Here, Gregg Wallace shares his basic pancake recipe, and below, he suggests some delicious toppings to try:

(Doing 6)

YOU NEED:

  • 125g (4½oz) plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 125ml (4fl oz) milk
  • 125ml (4fl oz) water
  • tsp salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Sunflower oil for frying

METHOD: Put the flour in a large mixing bowl, add the eggs, then whisk.
Now, add milk and water, stir to combine.

Add salt and butter, then mix again until smooth. Transfer the dough to a jar and set aside. Put a little oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat.

When hot, tilt the pan to spread the oil around, then pour in some cake batter.

Gently tilt the pan again so that the batter coats the surface evenly and thinly. You’ll be making six pancakes with these ingredients, so don’t be too generous.

Cook the cake for about two minutes, until the underside is beautifully golden brown. Loosen with a spatula, flip the other side and cook the other side for two minutes.

Place on a plate and keep warm. Cook the rest of the pancakes in the same way, placing greaseproof paper between them to prevent them from sticking together.

MasterChef star Gregg Wallace shares his pancake recipe

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MasterChef star Gregg Wallace shares his pancake recipe

provocative truth

  • lWE uses up an unbelievable 52 million eggs on Pancake Day – that’s 22 million more than on any other day.
  • l The largest pancake ever served in Rochdale in August 1994, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It measures a whopping 49ft 3in and 1in deep.
  • l American Mike Cuzzacrea ran a marathon for three hours, two minutes and 27 seconds in October 1999, while tossing pancakes continuously.
  • l The Guinness World Record for most pancakes toss in a minute is held by Australian Brad Jolly, who managed 140 in Sydney in 2012.
  • l Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel’s Opus One restaurant in Manchester has created the most expensive pancake in the world. Made in 2014, it will set you back £800 and comes with lobster, caviar and championship candy.

And here are some delicious toppings to try

We all want to enjoy Pancake Day – and there are plenty of healthy options for you to indulge in. Try some of these healthy ideas, all to serve with four pancakes.

SALT CREAM & SOUR

Smoked salmon and sour cream are delicious and easy to make

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Smoked salmon and sour cream are delicious and easy to makeCredit: Shutterstock

YOU NEED:

  • 150g salmon, minced
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dill
  • Squeeze 1 lemon

METHOD: Put the sour cream in a bowl and stir well. Add chopped dill and lemon juice. Then gently mix in the smoked salmon.

PESTO & GOAT’S CHEESE

YOU NEED:

  • 4 tablespoons pesto
  • 150g soft goat cheese
  • A handful of basil

METHOD: Spread a tablespoon of pesto over each pancake. Grate goat cheese and sprinkle with basil.

HOPE YOGHURT, PICTURE & HONEY

YOU NEED:

  • 4 large fresh figs
  • 100g Greek yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • The passion of an orange

METHOD: Dollop yogurt coat all over the pancakes and add a chopped fig. Crush an orange peel and a drop of honey.

ALMOND BUTTER & BANANA

YOU NEED:

  • 4 tablespoons almond butter
  • 4 bananas
  • 100g dark chocolate

METHOD: Take a banana and mash with a fork until soft.
Brush the pancake base with almond butter, top with mashed banana and finish with grated dark chocolate.

TOMATO, CHEESE & SPINACH

Gregg's tomato, cheese and spinach toppings are healthy and delicious

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Gregg’s tomato, cheese and spinach toppings are healthy and deliciousCredit: Shutterstock

YOU NEED:

  • 4 tablespoons mozzarella
  • 200g cooked and drained spinach leaves
  • 50g dried tomatoes, chopped

METHOD: Spread cooked spinach leaves over pancakes, then sun-dried tomatoes, and sprinkle with grated mozzarella or cheddar. Place under hot oven for a few minutes until cheese is melted.

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Dais Johnston

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