Pear Pancakes with Whiskey Maple Syrup

WHY DO WE EAT PANCAKES ON PANCAKE DAY?

Ever wondered why we eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?

Pancake day –also known as Shrove Tuesday– is a Christian tradition, always celebrated on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which marks the first day of lent, determined by Easter. Since Lent is a 40-day time of fasting, believers are meant to self-examine themselves and consider what wrong they need to repent on Shrove Tuesday (“shrove” comes from the word “shrive”, which means “confess”). And since no one can think properly on an empty stomach…

The term Mardi Gras –which translates as Fat Tuesday– refers to that last night of eating fatty foods before the fasting begins. Pancakes are often associated to that day as it’s the last opportunity for diners to use up eggs, butter and milk –ingredients that will unavoidably go bad during the period of Lent.

While most western countries indulge in pancakes or crepes (the French much thinner version), others have their own tradition. In Iceland, for instance, the day is known as Sprengidagur (Bursting Day) and is spent eating salted meat and peas. In Finland, it’s all about pea soups and a pastry called laskiaispulla (which consist of sweet bread filled with whipped cream and jam or almond paste).

Do you have eggs, butter and milk “to get rid of”? Here are a few out-of-the-ordinary pancakes & crepes recipes that you might enjoy.

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