Mostly associated with Shrove Tuesday, the much-loved pancake is something that is very much enshrined in our culture. The ultimate in comfort food, pancakes make for a delicious and indulgent breakfast, a tasty midday snack or a delectable bedtime treat.
Simple to make and yummy to eat, this piece of culinary genius can be found across the globe and enjoys universal popularity with people of all ages. After all, who can resist the scrumptious smell of freshly baked pancakes straight from the hob?
Pancakes are versatile and can be either sweet or savoury depending on the ingredients used. There are a range of options with regards to fillings and toppings with different nations throughout the world offering their own unique take on this feel good food.
In the UK we eat our pancakes thin and flat whilst the Americans prefer their pancakes a bit thicker. The French have their own twist on the pancake and call them crepes which can have practically any filling you care to mention, and can be eaten for breakfast or lunch as a more substantial meal.
If you’re a pancake novice or you want to be more adventurous this Shrove Tuesday (Tuesday 4 March), there are lots of sites with great pancake recipes to try your hand at. From traditional basic pancake recipes to crispy pancake rolls and the more luxurious cinnamon and raspberry pancakes, you will find every recipe you ever dreamed of online with easy to follow step-by-step guides. Other recipes you can find online include cheesy bacon, American raspberry and for the more decadent taste buds there’s an orange and chocolate sauce recipe.
The standard pancake is made with milk, eggs and flour and is then cooked in a frying pan until golden brown on both sides. Often, they are then sprinkled with sugar and drizzled in lemon juice to enhance the flavour. These ingredients were once considered luxuries and were the type of items that people centuries ago gave up as a sacrifice during the six weeks of Lent. Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent begins which is the reason that people made pancakes on that day, an opportunity to use up ingredients and enjoy this tasty treat one last time until Easter.
Whether dished out as a one-off treat for Pancake Day or served up as fine dining, it is a staple that has been with us for centuries and will remain with us for many more to come. There’s simply no match for the charm of the humble pancake.
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