Tuesday, February 28, 2017

It's Shrove Tuesday, AKA Eat A Pancake and Forget About Mardi Gras...




shrove tuesday



DId you know that today is Shrove Wednesday, aka Ash Wednesday!

If you live in Louisiana, it's also known as 'let down day' where we all recover from yesterdays long Mardi Gras Tuesday!

But there is a history for the day!

From our friends at Irish Central- here's the basis of the day:

Pancake Day is also known as Shrove Tuesday in Britain. Pancake Day is the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. 'Shrove' - as in Shrove Tuesday - stems from old English word 'shrive', meaning 'confess all sins'. It is called Pancake Day because it is the day traditionally for eating pancakes as pancake recipes were a way to use up any stocks of milk, butter and eggs which were forbidden during the abstinence of Lent.

Here's a fav recipe from our friends over at Parragon Books!


pancake stack

Pancake Peak
Prep Time: 40 mins | Cook: 1-1½ hours | Serves: 6

Ingredients
11¼ cups all-purpose flour
⅓ cup baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
⅓ cup sugar
12 extra-large eggs
about 8½ cups milk
1¼ sticks butter, melted and cooled, plus extra for frying
2½ cups maple syrup and fresh fruit, to serve

Directions:
  1. Sift together half the flour, half the baking powder, and half the salt into a large bowl. Stir in half the sugar and make a well in the center. Beat 6 eggs in a bowl, then pour into the well. Gradually whisk the eggs into the dry mixture with a wire whisk.
  2. When some of the flour has been incorporated, start gradually pouring 3½ cups of the milk into the bowl. Continue whisking, adding more of the milk and drawing in the fl our from the sides of the bowl, until a smooth, thick batter forms. Whisk in half the melted butter.
  3. Repeat with the remaining batter ingredients to make another large bowl of batter. Cover both bowls of batter and let stand for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 275°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  4. Heat a little butter in a large nonstick skillet or pancake pan until sizzling. Pour a ladleful of batter into the pan, swirling to coat the bottom. Cook over medium heat, until bubbles appear on the surface. Use a spatula to flip the pancake and cook for 1 minute, until just cooked. Slide the pancake onto one of the prepared baking sheets and place in the oven to keep warm.
  5. Repeat with the remaining batter to make about 36 pancakes in total, stacking the cooked pancakes on top of each other in the warm oven. If the batter becomes too thick, whisk in a little more milk to thin.
  6. Pile up the hot pancakes on a large, warm serving plate. Pour some of the maple syrup over the pancakes, top with fresh fruit, and serve with the remaining maple syrup on the side.
Recipe from Love Food cookbook Man Up Your Meals. Available now



We'll be enjoying our pancakes tonight, what about you???

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