Shrove Tuesday will be here before we know it, so it’s time for pancakes.
But do you know what the link is between Shrove Tuesday and pancakes?
The word Shrove is an old English word that means “shrive” or “confess all sins”. People would confess and be forgiven in time for Lent when they would give up luxuries for the 6 weeks that lead up to Easter. They would use up fattening foods like milk, sugar and eggs, hence the pancakes.
Shrove Tuesday is also known as Pancake Day, Pancake Tuesday, Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras.
For my pancake stack I decided to use Cadbury's Creme Eggs as my theme. They’ve appeared in the shops now in anticipation of Easter, so I couldn’t resist. I stacked up the pancakes, sandwiching them together with stiffly whipped double cream, then drizzled them with a lush creme egg sauce and topped the stack with a large creme egg cut in half and oozing. Mmm!
Here are some pancake stacking tips:
1. First you need a good quality non-stick frying pan. Make sure it is hot before making the pancakes.
2. Make sure the cream is really thick and the pancakes are cool before you stack them.
3. If you are nervous about your pancake tower standing proud, then use a cocktail stick in the middle to secure them, but make sure you let your family know it's in there.
4. Pour the warm creme egg sauce over the stack at the last minute, as the warmth from the chocolate will start to melt the cream.
This recipe makes enough for two big stacks.