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Pancakes

Pancakes, griddle cakes, hot cakes, or flap jacks - all names used to describe a simple, thin batter used to make pancakes by spooning it onto a hot cooking surface where it is cooked until the flat, round cakes are golden brown.

The traditional English pancake is a very thin one, (like a French crepe) which is served immediately and optionally sprinkled with caster sugar (confectionery, superfine or powdered sugar in the United States) and a dash of fresh lemon juice .

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Shrove Tuesday / Pancake Day

In Britain, Ireland, and Australia, pancakes are traditionally eaten on Shrove Tuesday / Pancake Day.

Shrove Tuesday / Pancake Day is the last day before the period which Christians call Lent. Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren't allowed in Lent. Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.

Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before to Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year and falls between February 3 and March 9.

On Pancake Day, pancake races are held in villages and towns across Britain. Traditionally, women carry a frying pan and race to the finishing line tossing the pancakes as they go. As the pancakes are thin, some skill is required to toss them successfully while running. The winner is the first to cross the line having tossed the pancake a certain number of times!