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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Pancakes! Glorious Pancakes!

"The laziest man I ever met put popcorn in his pancakes so they would turn over by themselves."
W. C. Fields

If there is one thing I love about religion it's the food or at least the food we traditionally associate with or eat at certain holidays. I mean I may not be able to tell you what we're celebrating or why but I can probably tell you what food goes along with the holiday. Christingles (not strictly to eat but they had sweeties on them that never made it to the end of the Advent service. Plus a burning candle and what kid doesn't want to be trusted to hold a burning candle that's stuck in an orange surrounded by sweets?), Christmas dinner. Easter eggs and, lastly, pancakes.

Traditionally, I think, pancakes were consumed the day before Lent began because they were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before fasting for the 40 days of Lent. I don't personally know much about Lent. It was always something my Catholic friends took part in (usually giving up chocolate for like a day before caving), so I always associated it with Catholicism rather than Protestantism, which I was brought up in. However, after doing some fact checking for this post I found that Protestant denominations actually to participate in Lent so I have no idea why we never learned about it or anything during my years at Sunday school and church. Still, regardless of whether or not we participated in Lent, Pancake Tuesday was something that was always celebrated. I remember it was so exciting every year in primary school when the the teacher would whip out the travel cooker and make the class mini pancakes. Ah, such simple pleasures.

My sister's speciality is pancakes. She often makes me pancakes and bacon for breakfast. However, it always feels a little more special when it's Pancake Tuesday. Eva also decided to deviate from the norm and made a couple of different kinds of pancakes. She also let me share her tried and tested batter recipe.

What you need:

- Self raising flour
- Caster sugar
- Eggs
- Butter
- Milk
- Measuring cup
- Bowl to mix that shit up in

And whatever you want along with your pancakes. Maple syrup, bacon, lemon, chocolate chips and Nutella are some examples. Obviously not all together... unless that sounds good to you, then by all means.

Making the batter is pretty simple. You basically just bung all the ingredients in and mix it up good and proper. Measurements listed below.

So the measurements are as follows, 1 cup of self raising flour, half a cup of sugar, 1 egg, half a cup of milk and 1 tablespoon of melted butter. You can sieve the flower to make it fluffier if you want but we don't usually bother. Mostly because we don't own a decent sieve. If you mix it up well enough it doesn't really matter. Nobody wants a lumpy pancake. 

Eva grilled some streaky bacon - the only bacon worth eating - and gave me a little side dish of maple syrup to go along with my pancake. Some people prefer to drizzle but I like to dip. I think you waste less syrup that way as it's pretty watery. 

I'm a light weight when it comes to eating so I can only usually manage one pancake but I had really wanted some sugary, buttery, lemony pancake too. I had finished my bacon and still had a bit of my original pancake left so I added some butter, sugar and lemon to it. They used to be my go to toppings until I was introduced to bacon and maple syrup. 

As I said, Eva decided to change things up a little and also made a couple of chocolate chip pancakes too. She just made the same batter and added the chocolate chips at the end. She'd accidentally gotten dark chocolate chips and although I don't usually like dark chocolate, they were actually really nice. I think perhaps the sugar in the batter helped sweetened things.

I had thought about putting Nutella on top of the chocolate chip pancake but I was pretty full by that stage so I didn't see me being able to finish it and didn't want to open my new jar of Nutella just to waste it. The pancake was chocolatey enough without it anyway. You're probably thinking those pancakes look a little burnt but that's just how I like a lot of my food. Odd, I know. 

So there you have it. My sister's secret, not so secret, pancake recipe. Great at any time of the year, not just Pancake Tuesday. 

What is your favourite pancake topping?

1 comment:

  1. wow ! I want pancake again ! :)



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