In the UK, Ireland, Australia and Canada, Pancake Day, also referred to as Shrove Tuesday marks the last day before Lent, traditionally a period of abstinence, associated with clearing your cupboards of things like sugar, fat and eggs. It’s known as Pancake Day because it is the perfect opportunity to use up all of these ingredients by whipping up a stack of delicious pancakes!
British-style pancakes are thin, crepe-style pancakes served with a sprinkling of caster sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice in contrast to the thicker, fluffier American-style pancakes often served up with lashings of syrup. The difference between the two is a raising agent. The British-style pancakes served on Pancake Day don’t use one, whereas the breakfast variety served in the US do – typically baking powder, or whipped egg white.
The celebration is often marked by pancake-related world record attempts including the highest pancake toss to the most people tossing pancakes in one location. The world record for the largest pancake was set in Rochdale, Manchester, UK in 1994, by the Co-Operative Union, Ltd. Measuring 15.01 m (49 ft 3 in) in diameter and 2.5 cm (1 in) thick, the pancake weighed 3 tonnes (6,614 lb), and took more than just a frying pan to flip over!
Wondering where you can get some flippin’ good British-style pancakes in NYC? Every year GEORGE celebrates Pancake Day and this year is no different! Come along to The Churchill and get your fix of complimentary British pancakes, drink specials and good conversation. As part of our 2016 member drive this event is an OPEN HOUSE, so spread the word and bring friends along for a FREE introduction to GEORGE. Click here to RSVP
Prefer to flip your own pancakes at home? Post your pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #BritsInNYC so fellow Brits in New York can follow the celebrations!