It’s pancake day!
Yes Shrove Tuesday has finally arrived. On the weekend there were more than a few pancake recipes floating around in the papers and on the internet. The one I’m about to share is by far my favourite and the last in the series of pancake recipes.
Well, the image speaks for itself. My mouth is watering even as I’m typing and my daughter begged me to make another batch of these delicious pancakes this morning. From Nigella Lawson herself, this recipe is not for clean eating or weight loss. This is pure indulgence for Shrove Tuesday. American breakfast pancakes drenched in maple syrup with hot, crispy bacon on the side. Yum!
- 225g plain flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 30g butter
- 300ml milk
- olive oil for frying
- Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blitz until you have a smooth batter mixture.
- Grease a frying pan or griddle with a little olive oil and warm through.
- Pour a small amount of batter from the blender into the pan.
- Cook until the upper side of the pancake is blistering and bubbling, then flip over and cook the other side until golden brown.
- Enjoy with maple syrup and crispy bacon.
As I’m sure you know, Shrove Tuesday is followed by Ash Wednesday and the start of the period Christians call Lent. Lent this year is between 1 March and 13 April. It starts on Ash Wednesday which is a day of penitence and cleansing of the soul. It is a period associated with giving something up, something bad or tempting, symbolic of Christ’s temptation by Satan.
Last year, I gave up chocolate for Lent and it was tough. My husband gave up sugar in his tea and on his cereal. My daughter gave up sellotape – it’s a long story. Anyway, this year we have different challenges for Lent. My husband is giving up eating after 8 o’clock in the evening. He struggles with sleeping and often has night time snacks so this will be a tough and rewarding challenge for him. My daughter is giving up chocolate, a really hard one for her this year but she came up with her challenge by herself but with a few caveats to it. Chocolate cake is allowed if she’s at a birthday party (just remember she’s 7) and chocolate biscuits are allowed, if we have them, but only two a week. I hope she does it.
As for me, I’m doing the hardest of all this year, well, at least for me it’ll be hard. I’m giving up sugar. That’s right, you read that correctly. Sugar. I’m not looking forward to it and I know I’ll struggle, especially in the first week, but coming off the white stuff will be its own reward. What are you giving up for Lent?
That’s all for today. Enjoy pancake day everyone!