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American Style Pancakes

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With lent fast approaching and everyone deliberating what penance they’ll withstand for the 40 days and 40 nights; there is one plus….. Pancake Tuesday!!

For many of us, pancakes have been a yearly tradition for as long as we can remember. But, why pancakes? Why not waffles?  Very few people know the true origin of ‘The Pancake’.  Well, we do!

In the 1800’s a young waiter in Monte Carlo was preparing a dish in the middle of the restaurant, when things went horribly wrong and his pan caught fire. The result of such an unfortunate event resulted in the creation of a melody of delicious sweet flavours. And so was born one of the world’s best known dishes, Crêpes Suzette.
Shrove Tuesday originated during the Middle Ages. At that time, foods such as meat, fats, eggs, milk and fish were restricted during Lent. To avoid food wastage, families would have big feasts on Shrove Tuesday and consume the food items at risk of spoilage over the subsequent 40 days.

The English tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday was their way of using as much milk, fats, and eggs as possible before Ash Wednesday began. In France, they consumed all fats and fatty foods and christened it ‘Fat Tuesday’ or ‘Mardi Gras’

The ingredients for pancakes can be seen to symbolise four points of significance at this time of year:
Eggs- Creation
Flour- The staff of life
Salt- Wholesomeness
Milk- Purity

edited-ingredients-imageRecipe:

Serves: 4-6

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 pinch of salt

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 2 large eggs (beaten)

  • 30 grams butter (melted and cooled)

  • 300 millilitres milk

  • 225 grams plain flour

  • butter for frying

  • Holycross butterscotch sauce

Method:

  1. Mix up the batter by hand in a bowl, make a well in the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar, beat in the eggs, melted butter and milk, and transfer to a jug.

Tip: it’s much easier to pour the batter into the pan!

  1. Heat the pan on the hob

  2. Pour the mix onto the pan; flip once upper side starts to bubble.

  3. Give the second side about a minute.

  4. When cooked serve with our award winning butterscotch sauce.

Serve with roasted almonds, fresh fruit and a nice scoop of Ice Cream!

Happy Pancake Tuesday!

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