Pancake Day 2019: Origins, Alternative Fillings and More Helpful Hints

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Pancake Day 2019 is coming on Tuesday 5th March and, if you’re like us, you’ll face the same problem you have every year. Do you reach for the classic fillings, such as Nutella, banana or simple lemon juice, or do you risk something new?

What if the most eagerly anticipated dinner event of the year is ruined? What if the kids turn their noses up at your pancake experimentation? Well, read on for alternative fillings your family will love, as well as gluten-free and dairy-free options too.

But first of all, have you ever wondered about the origins of Pancake Day? Here is some detail on why we celebrate all that is lovely about this particular combination of flour, eggs and milk.


The Origins of Pancake Day

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the final day before Lent, the 40 day period before Easter. In Anglo Saxon times, Christians would fast during Lent, so Shrove Tuesday was a last opportunity to indulge and use up all the eggs and fat before the weeks of contemplation.

The main ingredients of the pancake represent four important factors of the time of year:

Eggs stand for creation.
Flour acts as the staff of life.
Milk is for purity.
Salt represents

After people devoured their pancakes, they would attend confession and be shriven, or absolved of their sins. Hence, Shrove Tuesday.

Today it’s less about feasting and fasting and more about remembering that pancakes are delicious and then instantly forgetting again for another year! We tend to celebrate Shrove Tuesday in the UK with pancake flipping races. In other parts of the world, Mardi Gras (meaning ‘Fat Tuesday’) is marked on the same day with carnival parades.

Now we’ve got the history out of the way, let’s move on to what we can eat for Pancake Day 2019!

Alternative Fillings for Pancake Day 2019

Pancake Toppings

Even though most people end their Pancake Day dinner with the immortal phrase “why don’t we eat these more often?”, the chances are you’ll wait another year until 2020 before practising your tossing again. With that in mind, do you dare move away from the traditional fillings for Pancake Day 2019?

It’s a risky strategy, but here are some alternative fillings that are definitely worth the risk:

For the person in your life with a sweet tooth, give them peanut butter and honey. Okay, it’s not great if they are currently attending Weight Watchers, but as a one-off treat for someone, this squelchy, gooey loveliness is a real winner.

It’s messy and sticky, but oh so good as an alternative to the usual Shrove Tuesday fare.

It might stray a little into hipster territory, but avocado, pickle and houmous pancakes are a filling and delicious option at any time of the day on Pancake Day. The smoothness of the avocado and the tang of the pickle are complemented by the houmous in a combination that will surely delight the eater.

If you have an Indian food lover in the family, they should try a paneer pancake. The special cheese, combined with mango chutney and coconut yoghurt is something completely different but makes complete sense when you think about it.

If you try any of these new and exciting flavours, make sure you let us know what you made of them! We’d love to know. Contact us through the website. Tell us about your own unusual concoctions too.


Gluten-Free Pancake Recipe

Those who can’t or choose not to eat gluten don’t have to miss out on the Pancake Day 2019 fun. There are gluten-free flours on the market that make perfectly good crepes. However, if you want something truly different, why not return to the avocados and use them for the actual pancakes? Here’s how you do it:


1 avocado
1 egg
1 banana
1/2 cup (125ml) plant-based milk (I used unsweetened almond milk
1 cup (100gr) oatmeal
Pulse the oatmeal in a blender until it resembles flour. Chop the avocado and banana, add them to the egg and almond milk and combine with the oatmeal flour and mix.

Heat oil in a pan and measure out your first pancake. Fry for 3 minutes, flip and fry for another 2 minutes.

Dairy-Free Pancake

It is possible to be dairy-free on Pancake Day. You can simply replace the milk with a non-dairy alternative, such as oat milk or coconut milk. Experts in the field recommend using canola oil as a replacement for the butter.


Celebrating Pancake Day 2019

Whether you try something different from the list of alternative fillings above, or you stick with what you know, have a great time on Shrove Tuesday. Ultimately, if you are with family or friends, enjoying the experience and each other’s company, that’s the most important thing.

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