Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Today is Shrove Tuesday AKA Pancake Day. I grew up with the tradition of pancakes on the Tuesday before Lent, I think mainly because Mum liked making them for dinner (well making crepes because Dad doesn't much like pancakes) because we are not in anyway religious, but in case if it is not a tradition you are familiar with, Wikipedia describes this Shrove Tuesday tradition as:
In most traditions the day is known for the eating of pancakes before the start of Lent. Pancakes are eaten as they are made out of the main foods available, sugar, fat, flour and eggs, whose consumption was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent.
As it happens we are not going to eat pancakes today but I thought it was still a good day to reflect on the deliciousness that can be found in pancake form.
I learned my base recipe from Jamie Oliver, but I'm sure it is pretty standard. For a generous serve (3 good sized pancakes) for 2 people I use:
1 cup self-raising flour
1 cup of milk
To this I add flavourings that reflect my mood, the season and usually, whatever I have in the fridge. A handful of frozen berries, cinnamon and maple syrup make for a very delicious breakfast. A grated apple or pear, some sultanas, more cinnamon, golden syrup and vanilla served topped with icecream is a delicious winter dessert. The mix also makes excellent pikelets which served topped with jam and cream is a very satisfying afternoon tea.
And then of course there are my amazing sour cream and orange pancakes with blackberry sauce which is particularly appropriate at the moment given the abundance of fresh blackberries available (although I did make this recipe from frozen blackberries).
However they are served, pancakes are one of my favourite brunch items and I will happily make room for them in any day.
If you are enjoying pancakes this Shrove Tuesday how will you be serving them?