Get ready because Pancake Tuesday is here although everyday is Pancake Day in our house.
Pancakes have been a breakfast staple food in our house. Here's a confession, years before I become a mother, my idea of pancake are those mix bought in a box. Don't get me wrong, those ready mix pancakes are seriously good and very convenient. You just have to add egg, milk or water and you are ready to go. Now that I have a daughter who request pancake every other day (if not everyday), I believe having my own nutritious yummy recipe is not a bad idea.
But what is Pancake Day and when do Christian people observe it?
Pancake Tuesday is actually the Shrove Tuesday. It is the day before the Ash Wednesday which is the first day of lent. Shrove Tuesday is observed by Christians all over the world. It is the day to acquire absolution to one's sins through confession and do some sacrifices like fasting and abstinence. Different countries have their own tradition on this.
Traditionally, Christian in Britain and Ireland (if they choose to), serve and eat pancakes as a reminder of the beginning of Lent. Historically, Christians need to give up all ingredients such as eggs, butter, milk and other fats which are not allowed to eat during Lenten Season or for the next 40-days. Churches will ring the bells on Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, to remind people to repent their sins before the solemn season and it is also an invitation to fry a pancake, thus the name Pancake Tuesday.
In other countries like, South America, France and Germany, Pancake Tuesday is known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras which is basically the same idea. They have carnival day or parades on streets before fasting period of Lent.
If I remember right, in Philippines, Christians abstain from eating meat from the beginning until end of Lent. If you have anything else in mind, you can share on the comment section below.
Now that we somehow have an idea about the history of Pancake Tuesday, let's start cooking.
EASY FLUFFY PANCAKES
⏲Preparation time: less than 10 mins
Cooking time: 18-20 mins
🍳Serves: Serves 6
160 g plain Flour
30 g caster sugar
7 g baking powder
pinch of salt
237 ml milk
30 ml butter, melted
1 medium egg
Small knob butter for frying
Toppings of your choice
In a small bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
In a large bowl, mix the milk, butter and egg.
Put the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
Mix all the ingredients until you have a smooth batter.
Rest the batter for 2 minutes before frying.
In a medium frying pan (or if you have a pancake pan), put butter. Make sure that you are on medium heat.
Scoop 3 tablespoons of the batter and put in the pan.
Flip the pancake after 40 seconds. Cook the other side for another 40 seconds.
Serve while hot and enjoy your pancakes with your choice of toppings.
If you intend to serve the pancake in one go, there are two ways to keep the pancake warm while you are still frying the rest.
1. Heat the oven in 50° C and keep them inside.
2. Stack the pancake on a plate and cover with foil.
Happy Pancake Tuesday!