Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Fat Tuesday Pancakes

Fat Tuesday Filled Pancakes

"Fat Tuesday" is not the day after "I ate too much Monday" or the day before "My jeans don't fit Wednesday", it is actually the traditional name for Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

Fat Tuesday, dates back to before the Reformation when people would partake of particularly rich food on the day before Lent, which is 40 days of fasting culminating in Easter.

The eating of pancakes and doughnuts on Fat Tuesday was a way to use up rich foodstuffs such as eggs, milk, and sugar. Lent is a time of plainer food and refraining from food that would give pleasure which in many cultures, this meant no meat, dairy, or eggs.

I adapted a recipe which I got from Colleen "Browniegirl.
 My changes where very simple. I replaced 2 of the 4 eggs with an extra 150ml of Buttermilk and 50ml of milk. This made them less rich.
 I do find that when I  make this recipe I need more than 300ml of liquid to make a thin cream consistency, usually using closer to 450 -500ml. But you need to adjust this for yourself.
I have made Colleen's recipe (exactly as she published it) many times before and I have always been very happy with the result. They are the lightest tastiest treats you can find.

To really make my Fat Tuesday pancakes something really decadent, I filled them with Hazelnut & Chocolate Butter, topped with sliced bananas. I am now ready for "Better get to gym Wednesday, Thursday and Friday"

I made my pancakes using the eco-friendly cookware Green Pan I won at the FBI2011, compliments of Jenny Morris. Thanks Jenny, this pan makes flipping pancakes a whole lot more fun.


Nina Timm said...

Brilliant photos Rose, love the first one. Are you submitting to Tastespotting and Foodgawker!

Rose&Thorn said...

Thanks Nina. I will submit now that you have recommended it. I have never had any success - so hoping this time lucky!

Anonymous said...

still can't find the recipe anywhere pls could you let me have it looks divine - all my pancakes usually flop including the mix you buy in the shops expect maybe for the last 2 pancakes out of the whole lot of batter the rest goes to waste- get stuck to the pan breaks up or whatever - need a flop proof accurate recipe pls - i know water makes pancakes lighter instead of milk or even a tsp of brandy or lemon in the mixture

Kit said...

They look great! I'd forgotten it was Pancake Day today. I've never been a pancake maker anyway but perhaps I should give it a go!

Rose&Thorn said...

Dear Anon
The link to the recipe is on the words "this recipe".
To make it easier I have it here for you http://blogs.food24.com/kitchendiary/sunsets-amp-pancakes-part-ii-the-recipe

Colleen said...

Stunning photos Rose. Well done. Your blog is looking fabulous girl. So glad that you enjoy my pancakes as much as we do. I also add quite a bit more liquid than the recipe calls for...but I prefer to increase the water part of it. Makes them lighter! Interesting that you use less egg. Thanks for sharing. xx

Ben said...

Delicious pictures!

Marisa said...

Nevermind the pancakes, my mind got stuck on that chocolate and hazelnut butter - is that homemade? It looks sinful.

PS: I love the beautiful soft, dappled light in your photos.

Greg Arthur said...

Oh yum! Pancakes are my obsession! And your photos are brilliant.

Rose&Thorn said...

Thanks Greg, my photographs are were I am working the hardest.

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