Shrove Tuesday recipes from Shropshire

PUBLISHED: 12:53 17 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:42 20 February 2013

Traditional pancakes with chocolate sauce

Traditional pancakes with chocolate sauce

Make Shrove Tuesday cooking flipping easy with ingredients from the region's food producers

Pancake Day is a day when we have the opportunity to indulge in sweet foods by enjoying pancakes to our hearts content. Whether or not you celebrate Pancake Day for its religious values, its a day that has made its way onto the foodie calendar with new recipe ideas and traditional fillings.

But lets not forget the history of Pancake Day and its origination as Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday comes before Ash Wednesday, which in the Christian calendar signifies the start of the 40 days of Lent, a time of abstinence. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge and to use up the foods that arent allowed in Lent including sugar, fat, meat and dairy the feast before the famine. The day is also known as Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday.

The word shrove is the past tense of the verb shrive, which means the confession of sins in order to be forgiven for them. During the Middle Ages, Christians would confess on Shrove Tuesday in order to be forgiven for Lent.

So whether you will be partaking in Lent, or just enjoying the fun of Pancake Day, there are plenty of different fillings you can use to make the most of this indulgent day!

For a batter mix all you need is milk, flour, butter and eggs. Hollowdene Eggs, Shrewsbury produces free-range eggs and Pimhill Mill, Shrewsbury, makes organic flour. You could also try milk from Mawley Milk, Worcestershire.

If you like sweet fillings then try fruit coulis from The Best of Taste, Treflach, Oswestry, including Tipsy Plum, Raspberry and Damson with Sloe Gin, or some sweet sauces from Essential Dressings, Worcestershire, and choose from vanilla fudge sauce, chocolate fudge sauce and coffee fudge sauce. Drizzle one of these over vanilla ice cream from Top House Dairy, Ellesmere, and also check out their different flavours to make a sweet feast of your pancake. You could also eat your pancake with jam so try different varieties from Heathers Harvest, Shrewsbury, including orange or lemon marmalade or raspberry and apple jam. The Dairy House, Herefordshire, makes a clotted cream which would be delicious inside a pancake.

Make a Crpe Suzette which is a typical French dessert, consisting of a crpe with a hot sauce of caramelised sugar, orange juice, lightly grated orange peel and liqueur on top, which is then flambed. For this try the Seville Orange liqueur from Tipsy Fruit Gins, Worcestershire.
Pancakes dont have to have sweet fillings so you could try them with mince from your local butcher or try cheese and bacon for a delicious savoury alternative.

And if youre a big fan of crpes, Simply Crpes, Telford, caters at outdoor events and foods halls making fresh to order crpes using only quality ingredients, including local ingredients where possible.

For more information on producers and stockists visit www.heff.co.uk

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