Today is Shrove Tuesday - aka pancake day. It is the Tuesday before Lent begins when you are meant to use up all the sugar, eggs, fat etc that you would be giving up for Lent and what better way to do it than in the form of pancakes. Those who have read this blog for awhile will know however, that as a non-Christian, for me Shrove Tuesday instead marks the end of my self imposed hot cross bun ban. From now until Easter I shall be scoffing them at every available opportunity.
But back to pancakes. S and I haven't been eating many recently. It may just be that the hot summer weather hasn't encouraged warm breakfasts, but they haven't been on our menu very often. When we do have them my sour cream and orange pancakes with blackberry sauce are still a favourite. However when we don't have all the ingredients to hand (which given the shocking blackberry harvest this year will likely be often) I revert to an old recipe based loosely on a Jamie Oliver one.
It is very simple. Mix together 1 cup of self-raising flour, 1 cup of milk, 1 egg and 1 grated apple or pear. Pan fry as per normal and eat topped with maple syrup or jam. Simple, tasty and given the fruit content actually fairly healthy.
Will you be enjoying pancakes today?