UK: Crepes and Carnival greediness: Pancake day!

The ‘Pancake Day’, in Italian- speaking countries ‘Martedì Grasso’, always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, and precisely the day before Lent. According to British tradition, Pancake Day is a day of celebration, dancing and nosh-up: they use up food forbidden during Lent – butter, eggs and fats – which is actually a period of abstinence.

Ingredients (serves 4)

For the pancake mixture

  • 280 gr. flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 spoon salt
  • 1 spoon sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ liter milk
  • 50 gr. butter
  • 2 spoons of oil

To garnish

  • Lemon juice (Limmi) to taste
  • Caster Sugar to taste


In a bowl unite flour, baking powder, sugar, yolks and salt; bend all the ingredients, add some milk and keep whisking till obtain a smooth batter. In a pan heat up 2 spoons of oil (for a light version, use a no-stick pan) and pour ½ ladlespoon of batter. As soon as the batter hits the pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with batter. It should take only 2/3 minutes to tingle gold. Flip the pancake over with a pan slice or palette knife, then simply slide it out of the pan. Serve warm, sprinkle with freshly lemon juice (LIMMI) and caster sugar. Otherwise, you can dress pancakes with honey, Nutella, bilberry syrup or, for a traditional U.S.A. taste, with maple syrup.