What is Pancake Day?

This year, Pancake Day falls on Tuesday, 13 February 2024.  Get your batter and pans ready!  We're sharing the best pancake recipes and topping ideas to make your Shrove Tuesday even better than ever before. Enjoy Pancake Tuesday with these recipes, including different pancake recipes from around the world.

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The best recipes for Pancake Tuesday

When is Pancake Day?
Pancake Day always falls on a Tuesday. In 2024, it falls on the the 13th of February. It takes place 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date changes every year according to the Christian calendar and the days of Easter.
What is Pancake Day?
Pancake Day, also known as Pancake Tuesday and Shrove Tuesday, takes place the day before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is when Lent begins, and is traditionally a time of fasting. Shrove Tuesday is the last opportunity to use up foods such as eggs, sugar and fats before the fast begins. These ingredients are often made up into pancakes, hence the name Pancake Day.
Easy pancake recipe
This basic pancake recipe results in super fluffy, golden pancakes. They aren’t too sweet, so they’re perfect to have with either sweet or savoury toppings. Watch the video below to see the best pancake recipe to make for Pancake Tuesday, or any day!
Gluten free pancake recipe
If you need a gluten free pancake recipe, try these Gluten Free Apple and Almond Pancakes. Follow the basic gluten free pancake recipe, then top with lashings of syrup and your favourite pancake toppings.
Pancake topping ideas
Once you’ve made your perfect pancake recipe, enjoy them with different pancake toppings. With sweet and savoury combinations, there is something for everyone in the family. See the video below to get inspired with 6 pancake topping ideas!
Different pancake recipes
Nowadays Shrove Tuesday is celebrated around the world, so here are some other ideas for pancakes if you’re feeling a little adventurous!
Try these Dutch Pancakes with Smoked Salmon and Dill - despite the name this recipe actually originated in the USA. From China you can try these Duck Pancakes with Plum Sauce. And Japan delivers these cute savoury Okonomiyaki pancakes or trending Fluffy Souffle Pancakes.
If you want something a bit heartier, fill up on this recipe for Big Oat Pancakes with Bacon and Ricotta.
Play Video: The best pancakes
Fluffy, light and golden. Here's the best recipe for pancakes, and they're so easy. Stack 'em up and bring out the maple syrup!
Play Video: Six Pancake Toppers
Get creative with some healthy pancake toppings, savoury pancakes toppings and some variations on your usual sweet pancake toppings.
Play Video: Chicken Okonomiyaki
These savoury chicken pancakes have yummy crispy edges and are easy to make on the BBQ.
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