Pancake Day…1st March 2022…Aka Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday.


Who doesn’t like a nice thin, lacy pancake with sugar and lemon? Pancakes are eaten almost all over the world in one form or another so although plain and simple is my favourite I don’t mind some of the other versions on occasion.

I am also quite good at tossing them much to the surprise of the kids although not sure how I would fare in some of the pancake races which are held throughout the Uk and tossing them while running…lol….that would be a sight to behold…

The first recorded pancake race was way back in 1445 in Olney, Buckinghamshire, England. Since 1950 Olney has competed against women of Liberal, Kansas, the USA in an international race.

Tradition declares that the race was run first in the year 1445, pancakes at the time being a popular dish, receiving royal favour. It was run on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent, and the whole day was given over to a festival of celebration, pranks and pastimes. It is not known where the original start line was but the finish line was at the Church door. The winner has to bang on the door with her frying pan…

Did you know????

The largest pancake was created in Rochdale, Manchester, the UK in 1994, by the Co-Operative Union, Ltd. Measuring 15.01 m (49 ft 3 in) in diameter and 2.5 cm (1 in) thick, the pancake weighed 3 tonnes (6,614 lb) and took more than just a frying pan to flip over!

In total, Brits use an unbelievable 52 million eggs on Pancake Day. That’s 22 million more than any other day.

The most flips anyone has ever done with a pancake is 349 flips in two minutes. That’s ‘flipping’ good’!

We all have our preferences for pancake toppings but the weirdest pancake toppings have to be ketchup and mustard, please…Nooooo! peanut butter and ice cream, coco pops and cream…I just love maple syrup on mine or lemon..simples is best!

The Guinness World Record for the most pancakes served in eight hours is 34,818.

William Shakespeare was also a pancake lover! It is reflected in many of his plays. When Shakespeare was alive Shrove Tuesday is much as it is today – that is people ate plenty of pancakes!.  Dinner was a midday meal instead of evening, and the pancakes would follow their main meal. The Tudors enjoyed heavily spiced foods and regularly included ale or beer as ingredients instead of water. They ate very rich foods, and their pancakes could have been enriched with rose-water, sherry, eggs, ale or butter – or a mixture of them all

In France and the United States, Pancake day is called Mardi Gras which means ‘Fat’ or ‘Grease Tuesday’.

My Simple Pancake batter recipe.


  • 100 gm flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 300 ml of milk
  • Oil/ butter for frying
  • Lemon wedges to serve
  • Sugar to serve

Let’s Cook!

Put your flour, eggs, milk, pinch salt in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.

Using an omelette or crepe pan add a knob of butter and when melted add some of your mix to the pan and roll about to cover the bottom…I like my pancake thin so don’t use too much mix others like theirs thicker but personal choice.


Cook until nicely golden and flip over and cook the other side …keep warm in the oven while you are cooking all your pancakes.

Serve with a good squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of sugar.

That is my way, plain and simple but it is your opportunity to use your favourite toppings…

What do you top your pancakes with??? Please tell me in the comments…

Pancakes are made all over the world and vary somewhat… if you missed my post on how they are made here in Thailand then I have added the link for you to enjoy these were made down in one of the local homes here and they kindly let us take the photos…It is a family affair both young and old play their part…I found it fascinating…

Pancakes drying

Or these lovely oat pancakes

Maple Walnut Banana Pancakes…

banana maple syrup pancakes


  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3/4 of a cup of rolled oats
  • 2 large organic eggs
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of maple syrup
  • Chopped banana, blueberries, walnuts and maple syrup to serve.

Put the banana, oats, eggs, baking soda and maple syrup in the blender and blitz until smooth and well combined.

Heat your pan and add some mix cook for about 2 mins each side I did find they cooked quite quickly so watch you don’t burn them…

Serve with sliced banana, blueberries or fruit of your choice, walnuts and maple syrup…They were actually very yummy…

I didn’t have gluten-free oats so mine were not gluten-free but still healthy and I had no maple syrup extract so substituted maple syrup, the walnuts I caramelised and I didn’t have blueberries…and I cooked mine in grass-fed butter… I will make them again and next time will add blueberries as they will add that touch of tartness…

However, if you eat Gluten-free use Gluten-free rolled oats and cook in a non-stick pan

If you love pancakes I hope you have found some here to tickle your tastebuds …Enjoy!

50 thoughts on “Pancake Day…1st March 2022…Aka Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday.

  1. Prior...

    Hi carol
    Thanks for the trivia and a three ton pancake? Yikes
    Also – I like your simple recipe and a touch of lemon – mmmm

    Now – because I can’t have gluten or sugar – I did not have pancakes for many years
    But now have an almond flour and coconut flour recipe that uses liquid stevia and Latanka monk fruit syrup –
    There are so many things to add – like the walnuts you also showed here.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      That sounds interesting Yvette both flours I am familiar with I have heard of Monk fruit but not used the syrup.. Walnuts are a lovely addition.. It will be interesting how the pancakes taste and the texture… I hope you enjoy 😊 x

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      1. Prior...

        Well once I added a little more water to the mix I was making they came out a lot better –
        But it does take tweaking

        And this was such an informative post about a good item that seems to cross cultures


  2. Liz Gauffreau

    Oh, those Maple Walnut Banana Pancakes!! On regular pancakes, I can go with jam for a topping, apple butter, peanut butter, cookie butter, maple syrup, maple butter, Nutella. (Not all at one, of course!)

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Apple butter sounds nice, Liz.. Not heard of cookie butter i’ll have to check that one out it sounds like you like a variety of toppings. I should get more adventurous with my pancakes I tend to stick with the same topping.. Lemon or lime juice.. I hope you have a fabulous week ahead, Liz x

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Thanx Liz … I looked up cookie butter it sounds like something the kids would love to make and is really easy and even better I can get the recommended biscuits here…so watch this space I will get Lily on task when she comes stay this week…

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  4. Annika Perry

    Carol, I love your post all about pancakes – yikes, that is a lot of extra eggs for Shrove Tuesday! And over 300 flips in two minutes – does two count?! 😀 Like you, I enjoy the simple traditional ones with lemon and sugar although sometimes add the topping of Greek yogurt and bananas. In America I had to try maple syrup which is delicious but think I overdid it a bit! 😀


  5. Jim Borden

    those recipes look quite tasty.

    the pancake race looks fun – I’d love to watch it in person someday!

    and that is one big pancake – three tons! must have fed a lot of people…

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      A pancake race is always fun Jim a bit like the parents race at school sports.. 😀 Yes I wouldn’t want to be stirring that batter.. Lol… 🤣… We all love a pancake here..

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  6. beetleypete

    I love pancakes, and used to look forward to pancake day. But since we moved to Norfolk 10 years ago, we haven’t bothered with it. Julie was talking about making some tonight, but our 2 year-old granddaughter has been taken into hospital by ambulance, with a diagnosis of Sepsis. Julie has driven over (28 miles south) to look after our grandson, and it is a worrying night for everyone.
    Pancake Day is forgotten. I am having a pizza on my own, and waiting for phone calls.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Jacquie for your kind words I am well practised at making pancakes I have been making them for years.. If they had their way here it would be pancake day everyday.. Lol x

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  8. Norah

    I prefer my pancakes with a sweet topping. I really don’t mind what. Maple syrup or berries with cream. I’m open to suggestion from anyone willing to share. 🙂

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  9. petespringerauthor

    I am a simple man, preferring butter and syrup, though I like cinnamon on just about anything. Those maple walnut banana pancakes look scrumptious.

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  10. Lauren

    I like my regular pancakes topped with bananas and hot syrup. I like my chocolate chip pancakes topped with powdered sugar. I like my blintzes filled with a cheese mixture and topped with applesauce. Now I want pancakes.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thats what we are having tonight but just plain with sugar and lime juice…I like your choices but the choc chip is not for me..the kids would love it though but bananas and hot syrup or cheese and applesauce I would love 🙂

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