In just a few days, it will time, once again to attempt those pancake flips, so limber up those muscles ready for some intense whisking and flipping action because Pancake Day is on Tuesday.  Pancake Day, otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday falls on 17th February this year.  It is significant as it’s the day before the Lent starts, known as Ash Wednesday.

Many families celebrate Shrove Tuesday with stacks of pancakes, or crepes, drizzled in delicious sauces and toppings.  Pancakes are traditionally eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs, which were forbidden during Lent.  Eggs were thought to be too rich to eat during Lent, so households used up the ingredients by mixing them all together to make batter before the annual exercise in self-restraint commenced.  Easter Sunday is celebrated around six weeks after Lent starts.

Prepare to feel extremely hungry and I make no apologies for their moreishness 😉  The question to ask is sweet or savoury?

There are hundreds of recipes online for pancakes and mostly they are served thin and rolled, like crepes. Most realise that the basic ingredients are flour, eggs, water, oil, salt and baking powder.

Plaatkoekies (Crumpets)

However in America and Canada, they are thicker and stacked, so I thought I’d find a similar, but unusual recipe from South Africa, called Plaatkoekies (translates as stove cakes), which are like drop scones (which they call flapjacks)…confusing aye?  I guess every country has their own version.  I’ve seen pancakes made on an electric frying pan, but a normal frying pan or crepe pan will suffice.  Serve with maple syrup and loads of fresh blueberries…Then again, cinnamon sugar, or lemon and sugar.  The choice really is yours 🙂

Plaatkoekies (Crumpets)
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This is a South African dish similar to British drop scones or sweet crumpets. They are best served warm with maple syrup and some fresh berries.
Servings
8
Prep Time
5min
Cook Time
10-15min
Servings
8
Prep Time
5min
Cook Time
10-15min
Plaatkoekies (Crumpets)
Plaatkoekies (pancakes)
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This is a South African dish similar to British drop scones or sweet crumpets. They are best served warm with maple syrup and some fresh berries.
Servings
8
Prep Time
5min
Cook Time
10-15min
Servings
8
Prep Time
5min
Cook Time
10-15min
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Beat the egg white until stiff peaks are formed when you remove the whisk. Leave aside for the time being. Mix all the other ingredients together (remember to include the egg yolk) until a smooth batter is formed, then fold in the whisked egg whites.
  2. Heat up a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat on the stove. (A electric frying pan can also be used). Once bubbles start forming on the top of the crumpet, you know it is ready to be turned over. Bake to a nice golden colour. Serve with honey, syrup and fresh berries.
Recipe Notes

These can be kept in an airtight container and served cold later (if there are any left!)

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Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving
Calories 98kcal
Fat
Saturated Fat
Sodium
Carbohydrates
Fibre
Sugars
Protein
4g
1g
111mg
12g
1g
0.04g
2g
6%
5%
5%
4%
4%
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving
Calories 98kcal
Fat
Saturated Fat
Sodium
Carbohydrates
Fibre
Sugars
Protein
4g
1g
111mg
12g
1g
0.04g
2g
6%
5%
5%
4%
4%
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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