Happy Crempog Day!!!

                                                      Photo of pancake stack with strawberries and flowers by Gianna Ciaramello
                                                      Photo by Gianna Ciaramello

Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter so the date moves but it will always be between February 3 and March 9. The expression "Shrove Tuesday" comes from the word shrive, meaning "absolve'' Christians would go to Confession, where they admit their sins to a priest and ask for absolution. A bell would be rung to call them to Confession, which was called the 'pancake bell'. It's still rung today.

Photo of rolled up pancakes with sprinkled icing sugar and manderin oranges on the side
Pancake Day itself came much later as a way of using up rich foods, like eggs, milk and sugar before the 40 days of fasting (Lent)..The actual tradition of mixing them up for pancakes is thought to come from a pagan ritual - with each ingredient representing one of the four pillars of the faith. Eggs for creation, flour sustenance or the staff of life, salt for wholesomeness and milk for purity.

Plain pancake stack on a plate by Efrainstoochter                                                                    Photo by Efraimstochter                                                          Photo by Efraimstochter
                                                               Photo by Efraimstochter

Crempog differ from the British/French crepe.  More like the American pancake and bigger than the Scotch pancake, Crempog can be made with or without yeast, with buttermilk, oats or speckled with raisins or currants.  Traditionally, they are made from self-raising flour, salt, eggs, milk and butter. Often stacked in a pile and smothered with butter, the stack can be sliced like a wedge of cake and eaten as a teatime treat.

 Welsh Pancakes (Crempog) 

10oz plain flour
½ tsp salt
2oz butter
¾ pint buttermilk
2 eggs, beaten
3oz sugar
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp vinegar

Beat everything together to a thick batter except the bicarb and vinegar. Heat a bakestone, griddle or frying pan to smoking hot and then add the raising agents to the batter. Vinegar helps bring lift and lightness to batter; it was used in Britain as a raising aid to Yorkshire pudding when eggs were rationed. Drop spoonful's of the mixture onto the surface and allow to turn golden on both sides. What size you make them is up to you. Spread each with lots of lovely Welsh salted butter and stack in a pile before cutting in thick wedges to eat.

Photo via www.shuttercock.com  of a crowd watching a row of people running in a Pancake Race

According to tradition, in 1445 a woman of Olney heard the shriving bell while she was making pancakes and ran to the church in her apron, still clutching her frying pan. The Olney pancake race is now world famous. Competitors have to be local housewives and they must wear an apron and a hat or scarf.

                                                   Diwrnod Crempog Hapus !!!!


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