Pancake Day 2016: Recipes, tips and events for this Shrove Tuesday

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It’s Pancake Day! Despite how many you have, most of us will be looking forward to a sugary treat this Shrove Tuesday. Here at WeAreTheCity, we’ve put together our definitive guide to what’s on this Pancake Day alongside recipe hints and tips.

What is Pancake Day?

Pancake Day, otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday, symbolises the last day before Lent begins. The day is often associated with pancakes as way of clearing the cupboards of rich ingredients like eggs, milk and sugar before the traditional 40 day fast.

Shrove Tuesday also marks the start of the run up to Easter; at which time those fasting will break indicating the end of Lent.

Bored of plain pancakes? Try out these tips!

Forget the traditional lemon and sugar, there is so much more you can do to the humble pancake. Chocolate, bananas, orange juice and maple syrup are toppings that can all be added to make something a bit different.

If you are trying to keep on the healthy side of Shrove Tuesday then fruit works perfectly – try blueberries and strawberries for a sweet alternative!

Not got a sweet tooth? Pancakes don’t always have to be for dessert. You can add cheese of any variety, ham or bacon and egg for a twist on the traditional crêpe.

What’s happening this Pancake Day?

If you’re looking for something different to do this Pancake Day, then you are sure to find plenty of events taking place in the capital. We’ve rounded up our favourites below:

Parliamentary Pancake Race

The Parliamentary Pancake Race is back for the nineteenth year running! Located in Westminster, you can watch MPs, Lords and members of the press take on each other in a pancake race for the charity, Rehab.

Rehab help those who are mentally and physically disabled and the race itself aims to raise awareness to these people and enhance their lives. This year’s team will feature Tom Brady, ITN; Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West; Lord Redesdale; Sophy Ridge, Sky News; and Nick de Bois, MP for Enfield North.

The race is free to attend and you can find out more details here.

Better Bankside Pancake Day Race

Taking place in Borough Market this Pancake Day, the Better Bankside Pancake Day Race will feature local businesses in competition with each other. The competitors are in teams of four and the winner is the first team past the line with more than a third of the pancake remaining. This year the event will be collection for local charity, Paintings In Hospitals and all proceeds that are donated will go straight to them.

The race is free to attend and you can find out more details here.

About the author

Alison is the Digital Content Editor for WeAreTheCity. She has a BA Honours degree in Journalism and History from the University of Portsmouth. She has previously worked in the marketing sector and in a copywriting role. Alison’s other passions and hobbies include writing, blogging and travelling.

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