Pancake Tuesday, a traditional day for the consumption of pancakes
Pancake Tuesday, the day of eating many, many, many pancakes is almost upon us. This year it is on February 24th.
Basically this is a day for eating pancakes, and those who enjoy pancakes, know that their are many delicious ways to enjoy pancakes.
In Ireland, the UK and some other countries in the world, Shrove Tuesday is also known as Pancake Tuesday.
On this day people eat pancakes, lots and lots of delicious pancakes. This derives from the fact it is Shrove Tuesday, which is the day before Lent in Catholic and some Protestant belief systems. Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday was 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 were forbidden during Lent. Although origionally a religious holiday now it is a day for enjoying the wonderfully delicious food known as the pancake.
As the position of Lent is based on the position of Easter, Pancake Tuesday moves a lot. As I said this year it is on February 24th.
Many people have many different recipes for Pancakes, but I will post one I stole from the internet here anyway.
For the pancake mixture:
110g/4oz plain flour, sifted
pinch of salt
200ml/7fl oz milk mixed with 75ml/3fl oz water
Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl with a sieve held high above the bowl so the flour gets a airing. Now make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it. Then begin whisking the eggs – any sort of whisk or even a fork will do – incorporating any bits of flour from around the edge of the bowl as you do so.
Next gradually add small quantities of the milk and water mixture, still whisking (don’t worry about any lumps as they will eventually disappear as you whisk). When all the liquid has been added, use a rubber spatula to scrape any elusive bits of flour from around the edge into the centre, then whisk once more until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream. Now melt the 50g/2oz of butter in a pan. Spoon 2 tbsp of it into the batter and whisk it in, then pour the rest into a bowl anduse it to lubricate the pan, using a wodge of kitchen paper to smear it round before you make each pancake.
Now get the pan really hot, then turn the heat down to medium and, to start with, do a test pancake to see if you’re using the correct amount of batter. I find 2 tbsp is about right for an 18cm/7in pan. It’s also helpful if you spoon the batter into a ladle so it can be poured into the hot pan in one go. As soon as the batter hits the hot pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with batter. It should take only half a minute or so to cook; you can lift the edge with a palette knife to see if it’s tinged gold as it should be. Flip the pancake over with a pan slice or palette knife – the other side will need a few seconds only – then simply slide it out of the pan onto a plate.
Stack the pancakes as you make them between sheets of greaseproof paper on a plate fitted over simmering water, to keep them warm while you make the rest.
To serve, spinkle each pancake with freshly squeezed lemon juice and caster sugar, fold in half, then in half again to form triangles, or else simply roll them up. Serve sprinkled with a little more sugar and lemon juice and extra sections of lemon.
Feel free to change the recipe to fit your tastes.
For example you can enjoy pancakes with Icecream, Chocolate spread, Chocolate (Small chunks placed on the Pancake and allowed to melt), Syrup, and well whatever you like the sound of really. Pancakes are versatile and peoples tastes are very different, so feel free to experiment.
Also here is a mostly useless but entertaining youtube link about making pancakes.
Also another Pancake Tuesday tradition, which i only discovered researching Pancake Tuesday for this post, is the Pancake Race. On Pancake Day, pancake races are held in villages and towns across the United Kingdom. The contestants carry a frying pan and race to the finishing line tossing the pancakes as they go. As the pancakes are thin, skill is required to toss them successfully while running. The winner is the first to cross the line having tossed the pancake a certain number of times.
I hope you try and out this delicious day.