Today we celebrate pancake day: the recipes

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Pancake day: the recipes

Who said that at Carnival you have to eat chat? In England, the Shrove Tuesday is pancake day! You know the piles of pancakes prepared by Donald Duck? The scent so good that Uncle Scrooge smells it all the way from his desk at the Warehouse? Well, here are some quick and easy recipes to make excellent pancakes with the little ones of the house. Because there is nothing better than starting the day with a big smile.

In fact, as the Christian tradition dictates, before fasting begins with Lent, Shrove Tuesday is dedicated to the consumption of butter, eggs and fats. And in England they invented real Pancake Race. The oldest takes place in Olney in Backinghamshire. According to tradition in 1445 a housewife, when she heard the chimes of the mass, ran to the church with the pan still in her hand, where she was baking pancakes. This race went on every year, after a hiatus for World War II. And so it has been a tradition since 1948. 

Participants must wear an apron, a hat and hold the pan with a hot pancake in it and must turn it three times. The first woman to arrive at the church and serve her pancake to the one who rings the bell and kisses it is the winner.

In this article

  • Pancake day: the English recipe
  • Pancake day: the vegan recipe
  • Pancake day: the light recipe
  • Pancake day: the recipe with banana
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Pancake day: the English recipe

In England pancakes are not leavened, but they look more like crêpes, therefore thin, light and with holes in them. The secret is that all ingredients are at room temperature before they are processed together. 


  • 125 gr flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 300 ml of milk
  • a pinch of salt

Beat the eggs with a fork, add the flour and mix gradually. Then add the milk. Put the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes. Use a flat non-stick pan (there are some specifically designed for pancakes and crepes). Each ladle corresponds to a pancake.

Turn the pancake when you see some bubbles on the surface. Serve with a sprinkling of icing sugar

Pancake day: the vegan recipe


  • 300 gr flour
  • 100 gr sugar
  • 400 gr water
  • 4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder

Mix all the ingredients together and pour the mixture into a non-stick pan. As soon as you see the bubbles, turn them and cook them on the other side. Serve hot. Indulge yourself with jams, maple syrup and fruit.

Pancake day: the light recipe


  • 150 gr wholemeal flour
  • 50 gr brown sugar
  • 200 ml of water
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of yeast

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Add water and oil a little at a time and mix with a whisk. Heat a non-stick pan and pour a ladle of the dough. Garnish to taste.

Ideas for the little ones

If you want to make pancakes even more fun, you can use molds to make funny faces. Accompany them with fresh fruit, colored sprinkles, chocolate drops. You can create puppies, rabbits, stars, in short ... give vent to your imagination!

Pancake day: the recipe with banana


  • 100 g of whole wheat flour
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 10 g of yeast
  • a pinch of salt
  • a sprinkle of cinnamon 
  • 70 ml of milk 

Mash the banana with a fork. Put the flour, banana and all the other ingredients in a bowl. Mix the dough until it is homogeneous. Heat a non-stick pan and grease it lightly with oil. Pour a ladle for each pancake. Brown the pancake on both sides. Stack the pancakes on top of each other and stuff with whatever you prefer.

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