What pancake topping will you be having?
Over half-term, many YJA readers will be looking forward to their pancake. Originally, Shrove Tuesday was the traditional Anglo-Saxon meal on the day before the start of Lent. This would then lead into the 40 days of fasting before Easter.
The pancake itself also has a very long history and can be found in cookbooks going as far back as 1439! (The flipping or tossing of the pancake first appears in writing in 1619.)
The ingredients are said to symbolise four points of significance at Easter and springtime of the year. Eggs signify creation, flour is said to be the staff of life, salt is for wholesomeness and milk stands for purity.
There are two main types of pancake: sweet and savoury.
The most popular sweet toppings include sugar, golden syrup, chocolate sauce, ice cream, lemon, lime and orange juice.
On the savoury pancakes, you can have tomato and mushroom, butternut squash goat’s cheese and rosemary and lots more.
A keen pancake eater told YJA, ”My favourite topping is lemon and sugar but another family member likes minced beef and gravy!”
So this Shrove Tuesday why not put on a different topping from your regular one and, if you do, add a comment below!
Emily T, Year 6