Monday, February 28, 2011

Strawberries and Cream Pancakes

I was recently tweeting with Beth from  @omgyummyblog , Karen from @globetrottings Orly @yumivore, about a link to pancake recipes from the New York Times and we go to talking about pancake day which is actually March 8th this year in the UK. I grew up celebrating pancake day which is the tuesday before lent or Shrove tuesday. Because folks would often give up butter, eggs and sugar for lent pancakes were made to use them up. I have fond memories of my Dad making pancakes and me and my brother learning to flip them and eating them with sugar and lemon oh so good. 

After reading the history for this post, I came to know about a fascinating pancake race that occurs every year in the English town of Olney it is said the first race started in 1445 when townswoman late for the Shriving service at the parish church, ran with a pancake pan in her hand! The race draws hundreds to compete each year running from the Market place to the church with competitors trying to toss pancakes along the way.





heres a clip of it:


There were also funny superstition's with the pancakes, in the Midlands the first one was feed to the chickens to help them be fertile throughout the year! also the first ones were marked with a cross to ward of evil

I thought it would be fun to make a strawberry and cream version to remind me of a British tea room, it worked really well simple fill with devonshire cream and strawberries, pancakes are also wonderful with golden syrup, lemon and sugar or nutella. 





Ingredients:
  • about 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2- 1 cup milk 
  • 2 eggs 

Method:

  1. whisk flour, eggs and milk together until you get a nice smooth consistency a little runny to make nice thin crepes, sometimes you may need to add a little more milk
  2. heat a pan and lightly cook on each side turn over and serve warm 
  3. fill with devonshire cream and fresh strawberries 

Does anyone else celebrate pancake day?

56 comments:

  1. You always bring us delicious recipes and great information.
    Have a great week ♥

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  2. Que delicioso tiene que estar la receta.

    Saludos

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  3. I love that there is a pancake race! Your pancake looks great w the strawberries-- and yes, would be so much better if we all lived near each other to sample :) Thanks, had fun putting this together-- happy pancake day!

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  4. Thanks for sharing about the interesting race in Olney with us. Your strawberries and cream pancakes look yummy! I need to make some pancakes soon. Have not made them for a while.

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  5. I love pancakes with all the toppings. Yours look really delicious with the strawberries and cream. Thanks for sharing your recipe and the info about pancakes. The race looks like lots of fun. I can barely run, never mind trying to run while flipping a pancake..lol

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  6. what an interesting information about the pancake race... for some reason when i made nuttella crepe this morning i thought about you.. remember you posted a crepe in your fb wall months ago, and ever since then i've been making crepes more often. you don't realize how easy it is until someone does it or tell you.
    thanks reb!

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  7. Oh my...strawberries and cream is wonderful! I bet Jasmine loved these too.

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  8. How fun Rebecca! A pancake race. Will watch the video when I get home. Is Devonshire cream like whipped cream, clotted cream, or sour cream?

    What a great team we make. We will have to do this again.

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  9. I haven't celebrated before but I believe I will now! I love pancakes and your look delicious! Where did you track down that cream? I'd love to try it out!

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  10. Thanks for sharing about Pancake Day in the UK - I love hearing interesting history behind foods and traditions :) Your pancakes look so light and delicious with fresh strawberries and cream!

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  11. Ana oh thanks so sweet of you to say that
    Jose thanks
    Karen oh would love to eat yours
    Biren :-) looking forward to seeing yours
    Raina he he I would struggle as well belly is growing he he
    Malou oh your sweet wish you lived closer
    Kim yep
    omgyummy its clotted cream
    Julie I think world market has it
    shes cookin pleased you enjoyed it

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  12. I love pancakes and that looks incredibly delicious...yumm yumm!

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  13. Thanks for sharing such interesting pancake facts! A church nearby always has a pancake supper that day- it's easier to go there than it is to make my own, and they're always delicious. :) (I'm not a great pancake maker.) I love your strawberries and cream pancakes- they'd be right down my alley!

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  14. Very cool, yummy pancakes with strawberries & cream!

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  15. That's funny - sort of, but quite as messy, as the Krispy Kreme race here!

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  16. Oh, yum! what a fantastic recipe and fun tradition. I cannot run even without the extra burdon of a pan; I cannot imagine what a funny sight I would be in this race!

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  17. Pancake race sounds interesting to me!

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  18. How interesting...pancake race...and yours look delicious, love the fresh strawberries in it :-) Have a great week ahead!

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  19. I love pancakes with seasonal fruit and strawberries gotta to be one of the best!

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  20. What fun this has been! Thank you Rebecca! Love the interesting details about the pancake race and learning a tidbit about your food history. It's wonderful to learn about other cultures through food!

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  21. Those look delicious. They seem like comforting crepes :)

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  22. delicious pancakes with strawberries!

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  23. Oh fab! These look fantastic! And so simple! And much nicer than lemon and sugar... :) What a great idea, Rebecca.

    I've heard of that pancake race, but never seen it.

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  24. mmm, looks amazingly delicious!

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  25. That sounds like one crazy race and these sound like some delicious pancakes!

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  26. wow! those are hard to resist!

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  27. Now I just know there is a pancake day, hehehe. Your pancake looks good.

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  28. Your pancakes look scrumptious Rebecca! You know how much I love that Devon cream! Hope all is good with you! xoxo

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  29. Love the pancakes with such tempting filling! Nice knowing about the Pancake Day!

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  30. I just discovered on twitter it is Pancake Day which I think is a silly way to start off national nutrition month, so maybe some pancakes with fruit on top would be an appropriate way to kick it off this year.

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  31. Nice to know about pancake day. Your pancake looks delicious. Love strawberries in everything.

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  32. Very informative, I've never celebrated pancake day.

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  33. thanks for making me crave strawberries and cream pancakes - definitely not making the rice and beans we have planned sound none to appetizing.

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  34. What an awesome post chock full of good information! I had no idea there was a day devoted to pancakes but it so makes sense! Beautiful! :) XOXO

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  35. these are just beautiful and they look delicious!

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  36. I am all for it anytime of the day..looks delicious with allt he strawberries n cream :)


    US Masala

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  37. thanks all so pleased you enjoyed the post looking forward to seeing your take on pancakes

    hugs

    Rebecca

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  38. Wow....my Dad used to make pancakes with sugar and lemon on top. Love the pancake race!!

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  39. Oh...now I really wish I have this for breakfast :D

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  40. It's very interesting to know about the pancake race!
    Strawberry is my all time favorite and your pancake is just so delicious!

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  41. clicked though hoping to see your fish tacos (ha!). I don't celebrate pancake day but I'm all for any food-related event (plus a race!). Experimenting with GF pancake recipes.

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  42. Ooooh, have you ever tried Swedish pancakes? I'm from MN and thanks to some close Swedish buddies, I grew up on these. We ate them with butter and powdered sugar.

    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Easy-Swedish-Pancakes/Detail.aspx

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  43. Your strawberry and cream pancakes look so yummy! I love pancakes with fruit fillings!

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  44. Pancake day? What fun! Yours looks yummy btw and gave me an idea for breakfast tomorrow!

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  45. Pancake Day is a new holiday to me, but definitely one I can get behind, haha. Thanks for sharing a bit of history on the holiday!

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  46. Strawberries and cream..can't go wrong ever :-)Thanks for sharing info on pancake day :-)

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  47. Rebecca, I truly enjoyed this cultural story behind the pancakes in UK prior to Lent. My husband prepares pancakes every Sunday morning before church and often we make fruit adjustments depending on the season. As a Protestant, he would never, ever give up his pancakes on Sundays. As a Catholic, I could give up pancakes (more so for dietary reasons, my bad!), but I don't think it would ever be easy to give up these strawberry and cream pancakes. How delightful! --I'll make sure that I give this recipe to my husband. He will SO appreciate it! Thank you!

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  48. Lauren oh sorry not that quick at getting posts on blog he he
    Roz oh thats cool
    kaledioscope kitchen was just talking to my friend about these today how cool will check them out

    thanks again all lets all celebrate it

    Rebecca

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  49. More strawberries, lol...How fun is that race, I have never seen or heard of any of these traditions before, thank you for the great info :)

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  50. This looks like the perfect weekend breakfast!

    Call me or email. We'll talk about the conference. :)

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  51. magic of spice my pleasure was news to me too he he
    Sommer sure

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  52. I adore pancakes but have never made crepes. This week I think, this week. Thanks for sharing.

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  53. Mmmmm, just like a proper English tea! Love the combo of strawberries and cream- always have, always will!

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  54. Lindsay thanks
    the food hound thats one of the things I really miss about home ;-)

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  55. Hey, we have chickens! Toss one of those pancakes over here!

    Seriously, I'd been seeing a lot of tweets about pancake day, but I thought we'd just *had* pancake day. I didn't know about Pancake Day in the UK, so thank you for teaching me something. I'm always happy to find uses for sugar, butter and eggs! =D

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