Why do we eat lots of pancakes on Pancake Day?

For Christians, Shrove Tuesday marks the last day before Lent. It is associated with clearing your cupboards of foods such as sugar, fats and eggs.

Traditionally, pancakes were eaten on this day to use up these foods before the 40-day fasting season of Lent began. Some believe the four ingredients used in pancakes may actually represent the four pillars of the Christian faith – flour as ‘the staff of life’, eggs as ‘creation’, milk as ‘purity’ and salt as ‘wholesomeness’.

In Nursery and Reception, we had a go at making our own pancakes using a recipe from a various cook… Merry Berry! We also looked at how pancakes were cooked around the world. Did you know that in India, pancakes are called Dosa? Miss B makes lots of these at home nearly every weekend! So she brought the Dosa mixture into school and showed us how they were made. They were simply delicious!