Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pancake Day!

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent - 
traditionally, a day of celebration before all of the fasting begins.
Also known as Fat Tuesday.
Also known as Pancake Day!

This might be my favourite non-US holiday tradition.

Today, all over Britain (and Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada...),
people will be gorging themselves on pancakes. They will be frying them up
in town centres and racing down the streets with them (no, really).
I certainly will be eating lots of them.

So in celebration of this glorious day - here is a basic pancake recipe,
done the British way (Americans will recognise them as crepes),
followed by some pancake recipes that look pretty amazing.


The Classic Pancake 

140g plain flour
200ml whole milk
2 eggs
25g unsalted butter, melted
100ml water
Pinch of salt
(Makes 12)

1. Sift the flour with a pinch of salt into a medium sized bowl. 
Mix the milk and water together.
Crack the eggs into the flour and add the milk/water mix slowly,
incorporating the flour as you whisk.

2. Whisk until smooth and all of the batter has been incorporated.
Set aside and let rest for 30 minutes.
Then mix in the melted butter.

3. Heat a pan. Grease. Pour enough batter until the bottom of the pan is thinly coated.
Cook for approximately 45 seconds on each side. Slide the pancake out of the pan immediately,
and add toppings!

Or you could just buy a mix (this is what I'll be doing - come on, I'm a working girl).

Now for some variations...

(Zucchini Bread Pancakes - Smitten Kitchen)



(Pancake Cake - Jamie Oliver)


(Blueberry Dutch Pancakes - Martha Stewart)


(Yuzu Poppy Seed Quinoa Pancakes - Tartine and Apron Strings)

(Cinnamon Nut Pancakes - Paula Dean)



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