When is pancake day 2022? Date of Mardi Gras, why it’s celebrated before Lent – and the best pancakes in Glasgow
Pancake Day is celebrated on a different day each year, depending on the date of Easter.
You might be thinking what to give up for Lent – or why supermarket shelves are now filled with hundreds of Easter eggs?
Before giving up chocolate for six weeks, to indulge in endless amounts of Easter eggs, Pancake Tuesday will be celebrated.
Pancake Tuesday – also known as Shrove Tuesday – falls in mid-February or early March and marks the eve of the start of Lent.
When is Pancake Tuesday in 2022?
Pancake Tuesday is March 1 this year, followed by Ash Wednesday on March 2 which marks the start of Lent in the Catholic Church.
The day changes every year, depending on the date of Lent.
Indeed, it always precedes Ash Wednesday, exactly six weeks before the start of the Easter celebrations.
Pancake Tuesday always falls in February or March.
What’s the story behind Pancake Tuesday?
Pancake Tuesday is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent and is celebrated across the UK and parts of the Commonwealth.
Both France and the United States celebrate Mardi Gras on this day, as it signifies the end of a six-week carnival season and is also known as “Fat Tuesday”.
Its proper name is Mardi Gras and it marks the eve of Ash Wednesday, when Catholics can begin abstaining from meat, eggs and animal products for 40 days.
Anglo-Saxon Catholics would attend confession in their parish church, where they would be “rarified” or forgiven for their sins.
A bell was rung for people to attend church, known as the pancake bell – as it rang at noon as a gesture to stop working and start making your pancakes.
After confession, families returned home to use up the eggs and fats they had before embarking on their Lenten fast.
The easiest way to use these products was to make pancake batter and fry it in fat, to ensure that food was not wasted.
Why do Catholics fast after Shrove Tuesday?
Many Catholics will give up luxuries such as sweet foods or favorite foods during Lent.
Traditionally, they would have given up meat and dairy, although fish could still be eaten.
During the hours before Catholics receive their ashes on Ash Wednesday, adult Catholics will often refrain from eating anything.
This is because the Bible tells how Jesus abstained from food for 40 days and 40 nights on his journey through the desert before being crucified.
Catholics replicate the sacrifice Christ made, known as the Lenten sacrifice.
How were pancakes made in the past?
The first recipe for pancakes was recorded in 1439, while the tradition of tossing them dates back to the 1600s.
However, pancakes are believed to have been eaten in ancient Roman times, when they were made with wheat flour, olive oil, honey, and curdled milk.
The “pancakes” would then be whipped into a thin batter and heated on a hot flat stone.
How do you make pancakes?
Pancakes today are much sweeter than they were in the past and are usually topped with golden syrup.
Salted butter for cooking
(if possible, prepare your dough a few hours in advance and let it set in the fridge)
1. Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl, until the batter is smooth.
2. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add a small knob of butter, allowing it to coat the pan with a thin layer of fat.
3. Drop a spoonful of batter into the pan. When bubbles start to form on the surface, it’s time to flip!
4. Cook until underside turns golden.
Serve with one of your favorite toppings.
Best places for pancakes in Glasgow
If you’d rather enjoy a plate of pancakes on that pancake day, then these are some of the best places in Glasgow to do it.
TriBeCa has been serving the flavors of the Big Apple to the people of Glasgow for over 15 years from its Dumbarton Road café.
Their original Brooklyn pancakes are a customer favourite, topped with icing sugar, maple syrup and butter, and cost £7.95. Meat eaters can add three pieces of bacon or two sausages for £1.95.
Nic’s NYC Deli
Donuts, waffles and pancakes are all staples at Nic’s NYC Deli on Byres Road in the city’s West End.
Their pancake stacks are topped with an array of ingredients including chocolate sauce, marshmallows and cream.
Stack & Always
The popular Stack and Still restaurant is known as the UK’s largest urban creperie with over ten million crepe combinations and craft beer on tap.
The pancake menu uses locally sourced ingredients and includes savory signatures such as “chorizo, pulled pork, and maple whiskey” as well as sweet ranges such as “salted caramel and banana.” In addition, customers can enjoy delicious bottomless coffee that will be roasted on site.
Strange Brew Coffee
One of Shawland’s most popular cafes, here you’ll find stacked pancakes with toppings ranging from tropical fruit to chocolate ganache as well as savory skillets, French toast and plenty of premium hand-roasted coffee and made by a barista. Perfect for pancake day and any kind of weekend treat.