Shrove Tuesday Pancakes: Their Special Meaning Adds Flavor to the Experience!

Shrove Tuesday pancakes have as many variations as the tradition they represent...

What's the occasion?  The start of the Lenten Fast leading up to Easter, and the last day to use up your meat, fat, butter, eggs, milk, etc.

Shrove Tuesday brings with it a thin pancake which closely resembles the French crepe. This pancake can be made into sweet or savory dishes and eaten all day long.

Often times it was Dad who made these pancakes (at least in my family). Many families reserve this tradition for Shrove Tuesday, but  you don't have to wait for a specific day to enjoy a taste of Ireland.

Shrove Tuesay pancakes.  Large stack with a variety of toppings.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Ingredients

The list is short and sweet:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk (do not use low-fat or nonfat)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla, extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • Additional melted butter
  • Powdered sugar or granulated sugar as prefered
  • Fresh lemon juice

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Preparation

First, preheat oven to 350°F, then:

  1. Blend first 6 ingredients in blender.
  2. Gradually add flour; blend until smooth. Let stand 15 minutes.
  3. Heat medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Brush with butter.
  4. Add 2 generous tablespoons batter, tilting pan to coat bottom.
  5. Cook until golden on bottom, about 45 seconds.
  6. Turn pancake over. Cook until bottom is speckled with brown, about 30 seconds.
  7. Turn out onto paper towel. Cover with another paper towel. Or store on a heated dish in the oven.
  8. Repeat with remaining batter, brushing skillet with butter as needed.
  9. Butter oven-proof dish.
  10. Sift powdered sugar over speckled side of each pancake, then sprinkle lightly with lemon juice; fold pancakes into quarters.
  11. Overlap pancakes in prepared dish.
  12. Cover; bake until heated through, about 10 minutes.
  13. Serve with more powdered or granulated sugar and lemon juice.

Tips and Options

These pancakes can also be stored on a warmed plate in the oven, rolled into tubes instead of folded. Doing this as each comes off the pan saves baking time.

Many people enjoy the variation of crumbling crispy bacon into the batter.

The difference between these and “fat”pancakes really is the thickness of the batter.

Different recipes use different ratios of ingredients. I have a friend who uses 2 cups of flour, 2 ½ cups of milk, and 2 eggs instead of my personal ratio of 1/1/4, which means, really, you can use what you have on hand.

Note that there is no syrup or gobs of butter. These pancakes are topped with a sprinkle of sugar and a dash of lemon juice. When made into a dinner they can be made with cornmeal instead of traditional flour.

Some people do add meat to them, fatty ham, bacon, or pork are popular with these. In fact many families served roast pork or pork chop alongside their pancakes.

That Was Yummy!  What's Next?

Well, if you loved Shrove Pancakes, you are very likely to love some of our other delicious Irish recipes!  Have a look at our Irish recipes section here!

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