Pancake Day 2017: How to make really easy pancakes

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2017 is all but officially the year of the horned mystical creature and no, not even Shrove Tuesday can escape its glittery goodness.

Peter's Episcopal churches will join together for the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. The word Shrove is derived from shrive - or absolve - although in some countries the term Mardi Gras ("fat Tuesday" in French) is preferred while many Spanish countries celebrate Carnaval on the day with wild parties to mark the occasion.

However despite the simple recipe, many people struggle to make the "perfect" pancake. Heat a good non-stick frying pan, rub with a little vegetable oil, then pour in a little pancake mix, and immediately tilt the pan so that the mixture spreads evenly. Last year, Shrove Tuesday was on February 9. This is how pancake day began.

All you need to make them is eggs, milk and flour. So it stands to reason that you should eat your pancakes in the form of a crazed dictator. Pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk and sugar ahead of the fasting season of Lent.

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Then you are are ready to go - adding sugar and lemon, or Nutella - or whatever you fancy.

How to create American-style stack pancakes is also detailed by Bord Bia on its website.

The legend of pancake flipping can be traced back to the 15th century when a woman in the United Kingdom rushed to church after hearing the bell for Mass midway through making her pancakes.

Russia, however, is lucky enough to have a whole Pancake Week - a religious and folk holiday called Maslenica that takes place seven days before Lent. Make a well in the centre of the flour, break in the egg and add some of the milk.

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