Utopia & End Times

Emmeline Pankhurst turns up in a pancake

By Sarah Graham

A Pancake Day miracle! A feminist believes she has found the image of beloved suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst in her Shrove Tuesday pancake.

Abigail Jones, 37, of Totnes in Devon, believes the mysterious pancake image is a message from the past, sent by Mrs Pankhurst to egg on today’s activists in their battle against the patriarchy.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “The image of Emmeline’s face in my pancake has given me the confidence to stand up to crepes who harass me in the street.

“The Pankhursts fought hard to make the world a batter place for women, and it makes me flipping angry that some people still couldn’t give a toss about the way we’re represented.”

Ms Jones has resisted calls from friends and relatives to sell the Pank-cake on eBay, despite the fact a pancake depicting Jesus and Mary almost sold for $338 (£165) in 2007.

Honour Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters yourself, with our exclusive Suffragette-themed Pankhurst Pancake ideas…

Ingredients (serves 8): 

  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 300ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Pinch of salt


Savoury – fig, goats cheese, spinach and honey

Sweet – blueberries, cream and crushed pistachios


  1. Put the flour and a pinch of salt in a mixing bowl, add the eggs, oil and about 50ml of the milk
  2. Whisk into a thick paste, adding more milk if necessary
  3. Pour in the rest of the milk, while still whisking
  4. Heat oil in a frying pan over a medium heat
  5. Spoon a thin, even layer of pancake batter in to the pan
  6. Cook for about 30 seconds
  7. Flip, using a spatula to gently lift the pancake
  8. Cook for another 30 seconds on the other side
  9. Turn onto a plate and decorate with your suffragette coloured toppings
  10. Enjoy!

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