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.
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 🙂
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