Pancake Day really does crépe up on you…
forgive the pun I couldn’t help myself…
With ‘Pancake Day’ looming it’s got me thinking. Why did this tradition start, what does it mean, and why do we all love a pancake?
Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Always falling 47 days before Easter Sunday, the date varies from year to year. This year it falls on 13th February. Traditionally this was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before fasting for Lent. Recipes for Pancakes feature is cookery cooks as far back as 1439.
The Pancakes we grew up with are a thin batter fried in a frying pan. One of my Dad’s specialities, along with drop scones. We ate ours with sugar and lemon, a classic. But these days anything goes from sweet to savoury.
To make 8 pancakes mix together 8oz/225g plain flour, 2 large eggs, 1-pint milk, pinch of salt, leave to stand for at least 30 minutes then heat a frying pan and get started.
The defining characteristics of the entire family of pancakes, from crepes to drop scones (see Dad for recipe) blini, bannock and pikelets – is flatness. “Flat as a Pancake” has been a catchphrase since at least 1611, according to Oxford English Dictionary.
Which brings me to American pancakes, not as flat, in fact decidedly fluffy! This is because they contain a raising agent such as Baking Powder. How you serve these is also down to preference. Personally, I don’t think you can beat maple syrup and bacon.
If you want to try American Style Pancakes, you could use one of my kits, it comes compete with Pure Maple Syrup and a mould, I have hearts (Think Valentines Day) rabbits and skulls. Plus, a Vegan version that will be out soon. Go to https://www.bluemoosekitchen.com/product-category/pancakes/
Do you know what I think we should do more of? No, not that…..A Pancake Race!! When was the last time you did that? Maybe you have never heard that that tradition, its an opportunity to race whist tossing pancakes, what’s not the love about that…