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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Happy Pancake day/ Shrove tuesday!

Hello

Today is Shrove Tuesday or Pancake day. The family love this time of the year even though we tend to indulge in pancakes at least one a week. They have to be the best breakfast or dessert available and so easy to make!



In the past month, I have started to take my two boys to church every Sunday. We enjoy the community side of it and the boys are really enjoying learning all the stories in the bible. Before this, i admittedly didn't really know anything about the meaning behind shove Tuesday but we are now well informed. Shove Tuesday is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of lent. It is traditionally the day we feast on richer, fatty foods before the ritual of fasting the day after. In the Uk we traditionally feast on pancakes, where as other countries will be seen taking part in Mardi Gras, the french term for Fat Tuesday. 

Why do we eat pancakes? Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren't allowed in lent. Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which are forbidden during lent. 

Here is the recipe we use to make our pancakes: 

American breakfast pancakes:
(From Nigella Lawson's cook book)

This recipe is extremely popular in my household because they are so thick and spongy. They go really well with syrup or just simple lemon and sugar. For breakfast, try adding some bacon, mushrooms and scrambled egg. For desert, we let the children cover their pancakes in icing sugar and their favourite sweets.

Ingredients: 


  • 225 gram(s) plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon(s) baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon(s) white sugar
  • 2 large egg(s) (beaten)
  • 30 gram(s) butter (melted and cooled)
  • 300 ml milk


Method

  1. The easiest way to make these is to put all the ingredients into a blender and blitz. But if you do mix up the batter by hand in a bowl, make a well in the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar, beat in the eggs, melted butter and milk, and transfer to a jug: it's much easier to pour the batter into the pan than to spoon it.
  2. Heat a smooth griddle or pan on the stove.
  3. When you cook the pancakes, all you need to remember is that when the upper side of the pancake is blistering and bubbling it's time to cook the second side, and this needs only about 1 minute, if that.
  4. I get about 16 silver-dollar-sized pancakes out of this.

The finished result:


We managed to make about 12 thick pancakes altogether and covered them all in lots of syrup. 







Hope you all have a lovely day.

Gemma, Alfie, Tom. x

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