Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday is a feast day before Lent starts on Ash Wednesday. Lent was traditionally a time of fasting, Anglo-Saxon Christians went to confession on Shrove Tuesday and were absolved from their sins. The date for Shrove Tuesday varies from year to year as it is always 47 days before Easter Sunday.
The ingredients used for pancakes symbolise four points of significance at this time of year:
Eggs - Creation
Flour - The staff of life
Salt - Wholesomeness
Milk – Purity
Pancakes are thin and made of batter, they are then fried in a frying pan. A traditional English pancake is served immediately, with a variety of toppings, golden syrup, lemon juice, sugar or fresh fruit. Why not try some Raspberry Jam with Kirsch or Orange, Lemon and Stem Ginger Marmalade for something different or take a look at our other various jams.