Shrove Tuesday: a time for prayer … and pancakes

A star in the kitchen, Dominique Portelli makes pancakes for Shrove Tuesday. Photo: Giovanni Portelli
A star in the kitchen, Dominique Portelli makes pancakes for Shrove Tuesday. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

We thought we’d republish this article with a simple and yummy recipe for pancakes. Enjoy your Shrove Tuesday!

Once a solemn reminder of the coming Lenten season of penance, over time Shrove Tuesday has taken on a festive nature.

Celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday, it is also known around the world as Pancake Day or Fat Tuesday, as the faithful prepared pastries to use up fat, butter and eggs ahead of the Lenten fast. Shrove, from the word shrive, refers to the absolution of sins, and Catholics are encouraged to go to confession around Shrove Tuesday to prepare for Lent.

Dominique isn't afraid to get her hands dirty. Photo: Giovanni Portelli
Cooking is a messy business! Photo: Giovanni Portelli

CW photographer Giovanni Portelli and wife Christine introduced their two-year-old daughter, Dominique, to the Shrove Tuesday tradition, with the sweetest results!

Ingredients
225g plain flour
Pinch salt
2 large eggs
600ml milk
2 tsp melted butter + extra

Method
Sieve flour into a large baking bowl, add the salt. Make a well in the centre and add the eggs. Beat until smooth.

Add half the milk and 2 tsp of butter, beat well. Add remaining milk and stir. Leave batter to rest for 15 minutes.

Lightly grease a frying pan with melted butter. Heat until very hot and add a ladleful of batter so it coats the base of the pan. Cook until lightly golden, flip and cook for 30 seconds on remaining side. Slide onto a warm plate, cover and repeat!

Dig in! Photo: Giovanni Portelli
Dig in! Photo: Giovanni Portelli