These days Pancake Day is something to spend extra money on. We buy lemons, oranges, strawberries, chocolate spread or whatever else we might like to put on them but this was not always the case.
Rather than buying ingredients you wouldn’t usually be keeping in the house, for centuries pancakes were a way of using up spare flour, eggs and milk before Lent. Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the day of feasting directly before Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent). Traditionally it was the last day you could enjoy filling your stomach which rich foods which would have to be avoided during the 40 days leading up to Easter.
Read more about Pancake Day and learn to make pancakes the Victorian way here – English Heritage Blog