Shrove Tuesday

It’s Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as pancake day, Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras. Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday which is otherwise known as the day that Lent starts. On Shrove Tuesday we traditionally use up and feast on all the rich foods before Lent. In our house the children are all brave and decide between them what they will give up for the period of Lent. Shamefully, I have never given up anything as I am almost certain to fail and my children just show me up! I’m not entirely sure what the eldest three are giving up, but Sol has decided to give up sweets, chocolates and full sugar fizzy drinks. She always sticks to it and everyone commends her for it. One year the children gave up their electronics for the six weeks, I was so sure the children would fail I decided to up the stakes and offered a monetary prize for anyone who completes it, fair play to them all they did it and received additional pocket money that Easter.

So that leads on to the obligatory pancake recipe. We made a few, not too many and we used an alternative pancake recipe just because we are different, it’s a little bit sweeter and a little bit thicker the usual pancakes you would see.

Alternative Pancakes

If you make the batter up the night before it will be even better than making it fresh.

160g Self raising flour

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 egg

240mls milk

1 teaspoon vanilla essence.

Some melted butter.

This mix is so easy, you just put all the ingredients, except for the melted butter, in a bowl and mix. Leave the mix in the fridge overnight until you are ready to use it.

When you are ready to cook melt a couple of tablespoons of butter and stir into into your pancake mix. Then spray your heavy bottomed frying pan (skillet or griddle) with oil and heat it up. It doesn’t matter what size you make your pancakes, I used a large serving spoon to pour the mix into the hot pan each time. Cook the pancake until you see bubbles starting to rise through the batter and flip them over with a spatula. If you want to try some pancake tossing that’s up to you but please don’t say I told you to, it could go horribly wrong.

You can serve the pancakes with whatever you wish. We had butterscotch syrup and mini marshmallows as you can see. Even Walter the cat was curious to see what all the fuss was about.

In addition to making pancakes today we had to run some errands. Seb had his eyes tested last week and his new glasses were ready for collection. Actually they were in from last week but as I didn’t feel so good yesterday I didn’t take him to collect them. While we were there we went shopping for some lovely ingredients for the next few days baking efforts. Being Valentine’s Day tomorrow I will be making some fun little treats with the children and I will be back to baking bread. I’m not sure what else will be on the agenda – isn’t life boring 😆.

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