Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pancake Day

Today is Strove Tuesday and in honour of this day, hubby is currently making up a nice big batch of pancakes.

Strove Tuesday is a feast day. A feast is one when you eat a lot of good foods in one go. On strove Tuesday, Christians traditionally feasted before lent. Lent is forty days before Easter and for Christians it is time for a fasting. So Shrove Tuesday is seen as a last chance to use up things like eggs and fats before the fasting started.

I love pancakes, my favourite would have to be the chocolate pancakes which I had at the Pancake Parlour in Melbourne, delicious served with icecream, cream, chocolate sauce and strawberries, yummo.

Today however we're whipping up just a simple basic pancake, this is our recipe.

Basic Pancake Recipe (serves 4)


2 cups self raising flour
1/2 cup flour
2tbs caster sugar
2 1/3 cup milk
80g butter, melted, cooled
1 egg, lightly whisked
extra melted butter (although we just use oil spray)


Sift flour into a bowl. Add sugar and stir well. Add milk, butter and egg. Whisk until well combined.

Brush small non-stick frying pan with a little of the extra melted butter. Heat over medium heat. Add 1/3 cup of mixture to pan. Cook for 2 minutes, or until bubbles appear on the surface. Carefully turn over and cook fro 1 minute. (we've got the cheaps method though as a lovely friend bought us a pancake maker for Christmas one year, so we just pour the batter into that and let it go). Repeat with the remainder of the mixture.

Transfer pancake to a plate, drizzle with your preferred topping and enjoy.

Our household favs are usually jam and cream or maple syrup, hmmm I love pancakes ;)

How are you enjoying your Strove Tuesday?

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