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International Pancake Day
On this page, you will learn the significance of International Pancake Day, also known as Fat Tuesday. Plus, you will find two pancake recipes, some links on the web and a humorous video about celebrating this annual event.
To many of us, International Pancake Day means a good excuse for eating pancakes. However, this annual holiday is actually based in the Christian religion. It's the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent. International Pancake Day is also known as Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras. It goes by other names in other countries in the world.
Pancake Day derived its name because in the UK and in various other countries, people did not eat fat, eggs or sugar during Lent. Therefore, cooks looked for ways to use up their supplies of these ingredients on the day before Lent. Pancakes filled the bill nicely. Hence, the custom developed and the name for the holiday developed accordingly.
In some countries, Pancake Day is celebrated by Pancake Flipping on the streets, Pancake Races and other fun filled activities. It is also strongly associated with celebrations such as Mardi Gras and marks the beginning of the Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans and elsewhere.
This page includes information about International Pancake Day as well as some recipes for ... you guessed it -- PANCAKES!
When is Pancake Day?
In 2017, Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday falls on Tuesday, February 28.
What does Pancake Day or Fat Tuesday Mean to You?
Free Pancakes at IHOP on National Pancake Day
Since 2006, International House of Pancakes has been offering its guests a free short stack of pancakes on National Pancake Day. You are invited to make a donation which the restaurant chain gives to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
Here is the link: IHOP International Pancake Day.
Multigrain Pancake Recipe
Pancakes with Sugared Berries
This recipe is a healthier choice than many pancake recipes. Serve it with sugared strawberries and perhaps blueberries if you have any available.
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup quick oats
- 2 tablespoons of cornmeal
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt, no fat
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- 1 egg
Combine together all of the dry ingredients and mix well. In a separate bowl, combine all remaining ingredients. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together. Do not over mix. The pancake batter should be slightly lumpy.
Heat a non stick skillet or if using a regular skillet, lightly brush or spray with oil. When the skillet is hot, spoon the batter onto it using amounts of about one quarter cup each. Cook until the top of the pancake bubbles. Flip it over and cook a few minutes until done.
Serve with your sugared strawberries. Add butter and syrup if desired.
Recipe for Oatmeal Banana Bread Pancakes
This unusual and hearty pancake recipe is lovely served with maple syrup or any fruit flavored syrup. It would make a great lunch or dinner for National Pancake Day.
- 1 1/2 cups of flour
- 1 cup quick cooking oats with large flakes
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1 1/2 cups of milk
- 2 beaten eggs
- 2 bananas
- 3 tablespoons of melted butter
- 2 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
Mash the bananas.
Mix the dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients together. Spoon the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients. Stir this together but do not over mix. It should be almost smooth but not quite. Allow this to sit for ten minutes.
Heat your non stick skillet or griddle, or oil a regular skillet or griddle and heat it until it is at a medium heat.
Pour the batter onto the heated skillet, pouring about 1/3 cup of batter per pancake. Cook until the top is bubbly, then flip over and continue cooking for a few minutes or until done. The underside should be golden brown when cooked.
Serve these delicious hot cakes for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Shrove Tuesday.
International Names for Fat Tuesday
Pancake Day goes by many names in our global village, and in some areas, pastries other than pancakes are the tradition. These are some of the names used throughout the globe.
International Names for Shrove Tuesday
- Fat Tuesday. All Catholic and some Protestant countries refer to Pancake Day as Fat Tuesday.
- Terça-feira Gorda.This is Fat Tuesday in Portuguese countries.
- Mardi Gras. The French call it Mardi Gras
- Máirt Inide. This is the Irish name, meaning Shrovetide Tuesday or Fat Tuesday
- Fastnacht Day. This is the term used by German speaking people.
- Malasada Day. This is Pancake Day in Hawaii.
- Sprengidagur. In Iceland, Fat Tuesday is known as Sprengidagur or Bursting Day. The Icelanders eat salt meat and peas on this day.
- Paczki Day. In some regions of the US with a large Polish population, Fat Tuesday is known as Paczki Day. Celebrants eat paczki. which are a type of donut. In Poland, the day is celebrated on a Thursday and is called the Polish words meaning Fat Thursday.
International Pancake Day Links
It seems the Brits have the most outrageous traditions around Shrove Tuesday -- or perhaps they're just better at getting their videos up on YouTube. Pancake Day is celebrated in many countries, although if you go by YouTube videos, it would be understandable if you think its only in the UK.
- Shrove Tuesday - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Shrove Tuesday is a term associated in English-speaking countries, especially the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia,[ New Zealand, and parts of the United States for the day preceding Ash Wednesday
- Shrove Tuesday March 8, 2011 Pancake Recipes, Traditions & History
Eat up! Your guide to Shrove Tuesday on the Web.
- Video of Pancake Day Celebration in the UK
Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) 20th February 2007 at All Saints Church, Rectory Green, Easton, Portland, Dorset.
- Pancake Flipping in London (Video)
Armed with a frying pan and a warm pancake, we went on the search for the best pancake tossing techniques.
- Explaining Shrove Tuesday (Video)
CELTIC CROSS PCM attempting to explain Shrove Tuesday for the Feb 24, 2009 Presbytery Meeting of Cherokee Presbytery
- Pancake Racing on Shrove Tuesday, 2009
Pancake Racing comes to Chester on Shrove Tuesday. Being Chester this involves film crews, photographers and the Lord mayor
- Pancake Day Clip Art Images
Clipart featuring pancakes and people making pancakes
- Mardi Gras Clip Art Images
Mardi Gras clip art images.
Funniest Pancake Day Video Ever
Bring your sense of humor and get ready for a Pancake Day laugh with Robin Hood and Friar Tuck
© 2011 June Campbell