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Pancake Recipe (One Cup) - Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday

Pancake Recipe (One Cup) - Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday

One cup pancake recipe, serves 4-8, ingredients: 4. Learn how to make pancakes without weighing ingredients, and celebrate Pancake Day, today!

One-Cup Pancake Recipe (Makes 4-8)


  • Self-raising flour (1 cup)
  • Milk (1 cup)
  • Salt (pinch)
  • Egg (1)

Note: The size of the cup doesn’t matter, as long as you use the same cup for flour and milk.

Leydon Lettings Mugs at Whitefriars Student Shopping Night

Whitefriars student shopping night - Leydon Lettings mugs (Source: Archive)


  1. Crack an egg into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add flour, milk and a pinch of salt.
  3. Whisk together to make a batter.
  4. Heat a frying pan.
  5. Add a little oil or butter to the pan.
  6. Tilt the pan to spread out the oil or butter.
  7. Transfer some pancake mix into the frying pan.
  8. Tilt the frying pan in a circular motion to evenly spread the mixture out.
  9. When bubbles start to appear on top of the pancake, it should be ready to flip over. Use a spatula or be brave and give it a flip. Be careful!
  10. Check the underside of the flipped pancake shortly after to make sure it is golden and crisp.
  11. Transfer the pancake to a plate using a spatula.
  12. Repeat steps 5-11

(Source: Jamie Oliver)

Add whatever topping you desire. Sugar and lemon are a classic, however, you could also try chocolate spread, mixed fruit, honey, yoghurt, bacon, or even cheese and marmite. You decide!

Why Do We Celebrate Pancake Day?

Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras, immediately precedes Ash Wednesday in February or March.

Considered a carnival day, Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday is the last day of 'fat eating' or 'gorging' before the fasting period of Lent.

Lent starts on Ash Wednesday and lasts for forty days. These forty days are genuinely a time of self-examination and reflection.

Shrove Tuesday comes from the word 'shrive', meaning 'absolve'. Likewise, Mardi Gras translates from French to 'Fat Tuesday'.

Customs and Traditions on Pancake Day

Traditions vary in different countries, and the consumption of pancakes is mainly within the Commonwealth countries.

Pancake Day pancakes with sugar and lemon

Pancake Day pancakes with sugar and lemon (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

However, where it is called Mardi Gras, or a similar abbreviation, it is considered a day of fat eating or gorging. This usually involves eating foods you plan to give up during the fasting period of Lent. It is common for large carnivals to be held in celebration.

Mardi Gras Carnival in New Orleans, Louisiana

Mardi Gras Carnival in New Orleans, Louisiana (Source: Pixabay)

The Pancake Day / Leydon Logo Design

The Leydon Logo symbolises a flipped pancake that has, unfortunately, landed on top of the logo. As they say, the first pancake is an experiment.

Pancake Day Leydon Logo Design

Pancake Day Leydon Logo Design (Source: Archive)

We hope you have a filling Pancake Day. Don’t forget to reflect on yourself.

What could you give up for forty days this Lent?

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