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.
- about 2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1/2- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 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
- heat a pan and lightly cook on each side turn over and serve warm
- fill with devonshire cream and fresh strawberries
Does anyone else celebrate pancake day?