Pancake day is also known as Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday- Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the penitential season of Lent, observed by Christians. Pancakes are eaten as the final indulgence before abstinence from food that makes you happy, pretty much. Pancakes were chosen historically because they contain fat, butter, eggs, sugar- everything that you are to avoid during lent. Shrove Tuesday is also known as Mardi gras- which means fat Tuesday, in some countries.
With that in mind we went in search of the richest, guilt-defying, drool-worthy recipes.
For the health buff
Basil and Spinach Pancakes
At first glance it’s the presentation that makes you even contemplate actually trying out this recipe. But as you read through it, especially the ingredients you become slowly convinced and by the time you get to making it you’ll most certainly be in a hurry to tuck in. Any dish that begins with garlic being fried in butter cannot possibly be wrong. Main additional ingredients are basil and spinach.
I used to be a pancake
Parsnip Pancakes with Caramelised Onions and Sour Cream.
The name says it all. One can just imagine the different flavours of savoury, sweet and sour scrambling for one’s attention. The creator of this recipe suggests making it as a side dish to go with roast, and since we’re indulging, I don’t see why not. Also the simple fact that yellow onions are used in preference to white makes it a must try. Wouldn’t you like to feel like a real chef instead of a mere cook? Yellow onions will do that to you. Main accompanying ingredients are parsnips, yellow onions and sour cream to garnish. Recipe here.
Make way for the Queen.
This has got to be the la dolce vita of pancakes. It is the pancake that thinks it’s a cheesecake.
It looks wrong, sinful even. A stack of pancakes lovingly layered with everything from cream cheese, whipped cream topping and cherry filling. In place of the stars and stripes mix, use hundreds and thousands or Smarties with your mix. And of course it doesn’t have to be cherry; strawberry or blueberry will work just fine. And since we’re swapping ingredients how about a grown-up version using chocolate liqueur whipped cream? Find the original recipe (of the pancake!) here.
Sometimes less is more…
If all fails, and you don’t know where to start, or you’ve left things late and just need a no-fuss pancake day, nothing beats the old classic. Spice it up with whipped cream, fresh blueberries and honey.
Happy Pancake day!
What’s your favourite Pancake recipe? Kindly share!
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