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Recipe for Pancake Day


What is Pancake Day?

Pancake Day, which is also called Shrove Tuesday, is a fun festival when we eat pancakes. It started hundreds of years ago, from the need to eat up milk, butter and eggs before the 40 day religious fast which happens traditionally before Easter (a festival celebrating the beginning of Christianity). For most people today, it's not a religious festival, and people just enjoy eating lots of pancakes and having fun.

Making Pancakes

Pancakes are very easy to make and the ingredients are very basic. Why don't you try with our special BBC Learning English recipe? You can add whatever filling you like. The traditional filling is sugar and lemon. Other sweet fillings include: chocolate spread, fruit, jam; you can also use savoury fillings.



150g flour
300ml milk
2 tablespoons oil
2 eggs
a pinch of salt

Making the pancake

Sieve the flour into a bowl. Crack two eggs into the flour. Be careful not to get any eggshell in the flour!


1. Sieve the flour into a bowl. Crack two eggs into the flour. Be careful not to get any eggshell in the flour!
2. Whisk the eggs and flour together. Then slowly add the milk to the mixture and whisk hard. Add two tablespoons of oil to the mixture and whisk. When the mixture is smooth and runny, you are ready to cook your pancakes!
3. Heat a little oil in a frying pan. When the oil is hot, add one ladle of mixture to the pan. Swirl the mixture around the pan to make a pancake. Leave it to cook for a few minutes on one side.
4. Flip the pancake with a spatula and cook the other side. When both sides are browned, your pancake is ready and you can serve it on a plate.

The best part... roll up your pancake and eat it. Yum!

With our recipe you can make a basic pancake. What pancake fillings do these people like?

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    • 1. At 1:56pm on 21 Feb 2012, Tatiana wrote:

      Hello to everyone! Let me say some words about pancakes and the Shrovetide. When I was a child and a teenager, I lived not in a big city but in a provincial town. And the way people make pancakes there is quite different. I don`t want to say that city`s ones aren`t tasty, but they are "thin". When I see a "thin" pancake it isn`t associated with this interesting holiday. My mom and I make "thick"'' pancakes putting some yeast into dough. Then, while they are still hot we smear with some butter and sugar them. Oh, it's finger-licking good!

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    • 2. At 4:32pm on 21 Feb 2012, nostgt21 wrote:

      I like pancakes in summer with chive in the dough,don`t be shy,
      serve them with cucumber-salad.The dressing :vinegar,oil,dill,onionand add some cream if you like .

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    • 3. At 4:35pm on 21 Feb 2012, Teo Prim wrote:

      Few days ago I was in London, because my children are studying there and I went to visit them. I had never eaten pancakes before and, as I tasted them, I realised why people (and my children) are crazy about them.
      Now (at home) I am ready to use your recipe and make some special pancakes.
      (I wish my wife would like them...)

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    • 4. At 5:27pm on 21 Feb 2012, Kazimir wrote:

      Hi everyone! And yes, Tatiana, I know that in Russia they do thick pancakes and I tasted them it was delicious, especially if they [pancakes] are served with sour cream or melted butter. But I don't know why in Europe and in my country Ukraine pancakes are thin but I like them so much too especially for their crispy, brown crust! Have a nice pancake week!

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    • 5. At 2:43pm on 22 Feb 2012, gem wrote:

      This recipe sounds yummy . I make pancake very rarely ,i use butter and sugar to the mixture and love to eat with honey.

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    • 6. At 06:12am on 28 Feb 2012, Ali wrote:

      ha pancake! We occasionally make pancake for base of some special food like Meat Roulette and so on.But simple pancake is delicious too. yummy.

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