Pancos! Pancws! Crempog! Ffroes! All these words mean pancake(s) in Welsh but are used in different parts of the country. As the date is related to Easter, it isn't the same date each year. But in 2021, its the 16th of February.
Shrove Tuesday - Dydd Mawrth Ynyd (also known as Pancake Day)
Shrove Tuesday is the day before the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday.. Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday was the last day upon of feasting before the fasting of Lent. Crempogau (pancakes plural) are made from flour, salted butter, eggs, buttermilk and a touch of vinegar. For serving Crempogau are usually stacked in a pile and smothered with butter and often berries. In Wales pancakes are not restricted to just Pancake Day - they are eaten all year round!
A traditional crempog recipe is similar to other parts of the United Kingdom but the crempogau tend to be thicker, slightly risen and cooked on a griddle. Visually speaking, the pancakes are thick and are served stacked on top of one another with some syrup or fruit. They are absolutely irresistible.
450 ml warm buttermilk
275g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp salt
1 tbsp vinegar
2 well beaten eggs (free range if possible)
Stir the butter into the warmed buttermilk until melted. Gradually pour the milk and butter into the the flour and beat well. Leave the mixture to stand for at least 30 minutes (or a few hours if possible) before stirring in the sugar, bicarbonate of soda, salt and vinegar into the beaten eggs.
Pour this mixture into the flour and milk mixture and beat well to form a smooth batter. Heavily grease a griddle or hot-stone and heat, then drop the batter, a tablespoon at a time onto the heated griddle and cook over a moderate heat until golden brown on both sides. Keep the crempogau warm and continue this method until all the batter is used up. Spread butter on each pancake and eat while warm.
Welsh Nursery Rhyme - Pancake Day
There's a traditional Welsh poem or nursery rhyme for Pancake Day about a boy begging for a pancake from his 'auntie'. During the verse, he tells his story of his family not making a pancake for him :(
Modryb Elin Enog Os gwelwch chi'n dda ga i grempog? Cew chithau de a siwgr brown A phwdin lond eich ffedog Modryb Elin Enog Mae 'ngheg i'n grimp am grempog Mae Mam rhy dlawd i brynu blawd A Sian yn rhy ddiog i nol y triog A 'nhad yn rhy wael i weithio Os gwelwch chi'n dda ga i grempog
Auntie Elin Enog Please may I have a pancake? You can have tea and brown sugar And your apron full of pudding Auntie Elin Enog My mouth is parched for pancakes My mum is too poor to buy flour And Sian is too lazy to get the treacle And my father's too sick to work Please may I have a pancake?