25 February 2020

Here at YMCA Doncaster we have been celebrating Pancake Day with our young residents.

We have clouds of flour and batter mix everywhere, sugar is glistening on every surface, and chocolate spread covers every plate.

How many of you remember Pancake Day at home, messing up the kitchen, but more importantly, spending time together?

Many of us remember eating far too much sugar with our siblings, cousins, or friends and it’s a day that children and adults of all ages, have fun.

Today, with thanks to our wonderful supporters, our young residents have been able to come together as one big family, they have spent the past few hours laughing together and enjoying every moment.

Everyone has had an amazing time, but I’m not sure how long it will take to remove the remnants from the ceiling!

Traditionally Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) is the last feast before Lent, the 40 day fast on the lead up to Easter.  It’s a time to clear the cupboard of eggs and fats before fasting; if they aren’t in the larder they’re not there to tempt you.

Pancake recipes can be found in cook books dating as far back as 1439, and stories of flipping them date as far back as 1619. 

If you’re not sure how to make them just follow our recipe. 


 Our pancake recipe (makes 8 pancakes)

8oz plain flour

2 large eggs

1 pint of milk (50/50 milk and water makes a lighter batter)

Pinch of salt

Oil to cook.

Toppings of your choice.

Whisk all the ingredients together well and leave it to stand for 30 minutes.

Put a little oil in a frying pan and once it is hot add enough batter to cover the base of the pan. ______________________________________________________________________________

Let it cook until the base of the pancake is golden brown the give the pan a shake to loosen the pancake.


This is the point where we hold our breath and cross our fingers!


To toss the pancake, gently tilt the pan (Give a little shake if necessary) and as the pancake touches the far side, use your wrist only to quickly flick the pancake upwards.

When the other side is golden slide it onto a plate.

Now top it with whatever takes your fancy.

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