PANCAKE Day is upon us again: the day of the year that pancakes are served up in huge quantities in a tradition that dates back hundreds of years. The alternate name for Pancake Day is Shrove Tuesday, which marks the day as the last day before the fasting period of Lent begins.

In religious terms, it is a day of feasting, and pancakes are a simple way to use up rich and fatty foods such as eggs, milk and sugar before the simple meals of Lent are begun. Pancake Day moves every year, and can be on any day from February 3 to March 9.

Lent always lasts for 40 days and ends on Easter Sunday, which falls on April 16 this year.

Delicious bacon, maple syrup and blueberry pancakes, served from Manchester cafe Sugar Junction.

The biggest pancake ever made was in Rochdale, Manchester, in 1994. It weighed 3 tonnes and was around the same size as a double decker bus!

The toppings on a pancake are only limited by your imagination. Sweet or savoury? Lemon and sugar, or maple syrup? Blueberries or bananas? Ham and cheese, or chocolate spread and ice cream? The choice is yours.

There are even different varieties of pancake: English, which simply consist of eggs, milk, sugar and flour; American, which contain baking powder to make them fluffy; Scotch pancakes, which are thicker than English pancakes, but also smaller; then you have options such as gluten-free, egg-free and dairy-free. Many restaurants also offer pancake-centric options, in case you would like to treat yourself.

Jamie Oliver tweeted his video recipe for perfect pancakes:

Do you stack them, or eat them one at a time? It’s up to you – what matters is that you enjoy them!

Get an easy pancake recipe here.

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