One of my favourite times of the year, Shrove Tuesday, aka Pancake day is here.
I love the idea that for lent you ‘give up’ something to make you a better person. It’s like a new years resolution refresher.
Pancakes are associated with the day before Lent begins because they are a good way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the 40 days of Lent fasting begins.Over the years, talking to friends about if and what they are giving up I’ve found the most common things are smoking and eating chocolates or sweets. One year at school for our Lenten Promises we were encouraged no to give up something but to add something positive like volunteering somewhere, or to make more of an effort to smile and be nice to people. Personally, I like to keep things balanced so give up something negative and replace it with something positive.
Lent is about others, but it can also be a good time to take check of things and people in your life and do some de-cluttering in time for spring, it’s also a good way to distract you from what ever it is you’ve given up and are suddenly craving. Mercury goes in to retrograde at the end of this month too (I’ll be posting more information about this in the next couple of days) which is a good time to be de-cluttering and reflecting on life in general.
Now, on to slightly more important things, the pancake recipe!
This is the method and recipe my Mum using and they are beautiful.
(Makes about 12)
- 225g plain flour
- Pinch salt
- Pinch of sugar
- 2 large,eggs
- 600ml milk
- plus butter for cooking
Mix the flour, salt and sugar together, the add the eggs one at a time. Slowly add the milk, mixing as you go. Once all the milk is added, it should be the consistency of single cream. Leave for about 30-40 mins to sit.
Start heating up some butter or oil in a frying pan, once its hot and sizzly, give the mixture a stir and pour just enough to coat the bottom of the pan. use a spatula to loosen the sides. Once goldeny coloured on the bottom flip the pancake over either with the spatula or you can be fancy and try flipping it in the pan.
Once golden on the other side, put it on to a plate or in a dish and repeat the process until all the mix is used up.
Keep an eye on the temperature of the pan, adjust the heat if you need to. The same goes with how much butter/oil you need. If it is getting stuck add more.
Some people like to eat them straight out of the pan, we normally pile them up then pop them all on the table with jams, sugar, lemon juice, honey and anything else was can find to pop in them. mmm so good!
Good Luck on pancake making and on you Lenten Promises.
Peace and Love,