Mmm ... did someone say pancakes?! Read about Pancake Day and learn how to make this delicious treat for yourself.

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is a special day celebrated in many countries around the world. It is celebrated in English-speaking countries like the UK, Ireland, Australia and Canada. In France, the USA and other countries, it is called 'Mardi Gras' or 'Fat Tuesday'. In others like Spain, Italy or Brazil, Shrove Tuesday is at the end of Carnival. On this day many people eat pancakes: thin, flat cakes made in a pan.

Pancake Day is always on a Tuesday in February or March. It is the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. Lent is a period of 40 days before Easter when people often give up or stop eating things that are bad for them like chocolate or fast food. At the end of Lent is Easter. Easter takes place on a different date each year because it depends on the moon. Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring. Traditionally, during Lent, people didn’t eat rich foods like butter and eggs, so to use them up they made pancakes from these ingredients on Shrove Tuesday.

Another tradition on Pancake Day in the UK is pancake racing. People run in a race with a pancake in a pan. As they run, they have to toss the pancake (throw the pancake in the air and catch it in the pan) several times. In some pancake races people dress up in fancy dress costumes. The most famous pancake race takes place in a town called Olney, in the middle of England. People say that Olney has been celebrating pancake races since 1445!

Pancakes are very easy to make. Try our recipe.


  • One cup of flour
  • One cup of milk
  • One large egg
  • Some salt
  • Some butter or oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Some sugar


Fill one cup with flour and put into a bowl. Fill another cup with milk and pour into the bowl. Crack the egg into the bowl and whisk the flour, milk and egg until the mixture is smooth. Put a very small amount of butter or oil in a pan, and when it is hot, put some mixture in the pan and move the pan to make a thin pancake. After one minute hold the pan carefully and throw or toss the pancake in the air to turn it over. Now cook the pancake on the other side.

When the pancake is ready, squeeze some lemon juice and put some sugar on it and eat it immediately. If you don’t like lemon juice, eat them with jam, chocolate sauce or ice cream. Mmm, delicious!


Do you like pancakes? What's your favourite topping?

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Arivelde's picture
Arivelde 14 May, 2021 - 16:14

Yes, I really like pancake, I could eat it every day. My favorite topping is chocolate or sugar.

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empty 30 July, 2019 - 07:04

One of my favorite foods is pancake . can't believe about pancakes day though .
pancake is very yummy !

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RosenSindSchwarz29 11 January, 2021 - 17:46

Pancakes are my favourite food too. I usually make them on my own. I very like baking pancakes whit my twin sister Gwen. We're great team. I was a little bit suprised because exist Pancake Day. That's cool. They are delicious.
Nice day,

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Youjiro 19 February, 2019 - 14:24

I love pancake .I cook pancake in morning myself .I eat pancake with honey and batter.
pancake is easy cooking myself. I also like hotcake .I occasionally eat hotcake in morning before go to high school.but I don't know how different hotcake and pancake.

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SLMT 25 October, 2017 - 17:14

I love pancake with lemon and sugar.That’s my favorite one.But pancake is not a popular food in my country.I also prefer crepe than pancake. This topic really makes me hungry.

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Tina - Coordinator 14 December, 2016 - 10:47

Hi LilyLunaRose ☺
I've just done a little research and found out that the main difference is that pancake batter has a raising agent in it, such as baking powder or baking soda, and crepe batter does not. This means that pancakes are thicker and fluffy while crêpes are thin and flat. The American-style breakfast pancake is also called a hotcake, griddlecake, or flapjack. I hope this helps!
Best wishes, Tina (LearnEnglish Teen Team)

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Elsa007 19 January, 2016 - 12:59

Hmm….yummy! But they actually look like crapes!
I wonder what the difference is between pancakes and crapes….??
I think pancakes are thicker than crapes… Am I right??☆
But anyway I like both!!

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atessare 15 January, 2016 - 15:32

I like pancake. My mother make a pancake for me. Pancake is very beatiful and very tasty. Pancake day is Monday for us.

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BigBen6464 9 December, 2015 - 18:02

I LIKE PANCAKES! I wish we celebrate it in my country, but I think almost no one has heard for Pancake day here! I love the man who invented it! My favourite topping is chocolate, but I also like my granny's jams!

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audrie 17 November, 2015 - 16:29

I love Pancakes and Pancakes Day! And I love topping it with melted white&normal chocolate and strawberries!

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Silvermist 3 February, 2015 - 16:42

Yep. I love pancakes. My favorite topping is strawberry and whipping cream. We also have a traditional topping made of coconut and sugar. I say ,both are delightful!

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cklj 2 February, 2015 - 22:23

Of course I love pancakes, it's actually my favourite desert. I usually eat pancakes at weekend because my mum is always in the mood to cook deserts at weekends. I didn't know that there was a Pancake day, but I'm glad I did. I think that I've heard of Mardi Gras, but unfortunately I never know what that means. I like this whole idea of a Pancake day. It's great.

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