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    Pupils Go Flat Out For Pancake Day

    Frying pans at the ready… and they’re off! Prep and Senior pupils take part in Pancake Day races at either end of the school campus.  

    Frying pans at the ready… and they’re off! To celebrate Shrove Tuesday, the traditional feast before the start of Lent, our Prep and Senior pupils today took part in Pancake Day races at either end of the school campus.  

    At the Lower Prep, children in Reception to Year 2 split into teams for a playground relay, with plenty of fun had by all - including staff! Pupils know 'eggs-actly' what to do, having enjoyed a special assembly on Monday where Preparatory School Headmaster Mr Foley demonstrated how to make and flip the perfect pancake.

    Meanwhile, representatives from each of our First and Second Form classes ‘battered’ it out in a fiercely competitive Ingrams contest around the Donaldson Island at the Senior School. Congratulations to the winners, 1L and 2K.

    There were more pancakes at lunchtime (both fluffy American-style and thin crêpes)  with pupils tucking into delicious toppings including strawberries, chocolate sauce, golden syrup, maple syrup and lemon juice. For anyone who’s got room for more, our Head of Food & Nutrition, Mrs Clare Bennett, shares her favourite pancake recipe below.

    More photos: Pancake Day Photo Gallery

    Recipe: Scotch Pancakes

    • 100 g plain flour
    • salt*,pinch
    • 1 egg
    • 150 ml Milk
    1. Put flour in a bowl, make a well, and add beaten egg and enough milk to make a batter as thick as double cream. Do not over beat.
    2. Lightly grease a griddle or frying pan. Heat gently and add a spoonful of mixture onto the pan. Add a second or third if there is room in the pan.
    3. Cook for 2-3 minutes and then turn over. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until golden brown.
    4. Serve with any of the following (or eat plain): Yoghurt, ice-cream, cream, maple syrup, jam, blueberries, lemon, strawberries... the choice is yours!

    Flipping Fun: Five Pancake Day Facts

    • The world’s largest pancake was made in Manchester in 1994. It was 15.01 m (49ft 3in) in diameter and 2.5 cm (1 in) deep.
    • The “shrove” in Shrove Tuesday is the past tense of the old verb to shrive, which means to confess one’s sins. 
    • Shakespeare mentions pancakes in All’s Well That Ends Well and As You Like It
    • The expression “as flat as a pancake” dates from 1761, though “as flat down as pancakes” was recorded as far back as 1611. 
    • The tallest stack of pancakes to date, at 101.8 cm (3 ft 4 in), was made by Center Parcs Sherwood Forest, Newark, on 8 February 2016.