happy pancake day

i must admit, living in europe has definitely made life a bit more unpredictable and exciting.
i got lucky a few weeks ago when i was asked by a close friend to partake in burns night festivities. burns night is a scottish holiday, celebrating the life and poems of robert burns. it is a night for eating haggis [sheep’s heart, liver, lungs + oats or barley + diced onion, suet, spices – cooked in a sheep’s stomach. or you can find a vegetarian version made with oats, beans, nuts, etc..]
it is also a night for bagpipers, poetry recitation, and ceilidh dancing which is basically square dancing so, hailing from the midwest where we are taught to square dance in elementary school, i felt right at home. 

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anyway, back to my original post.

living abroad happily lends to the arrival of so many new holidays, new reasons to celebrate on days that you’ve always looked at as just another normal day.
so without further ado…

happy shrove tuesday / pancake day!

“what does shrove tuesday mean?

The word shrove is a form of the English word shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins by way of confession and penance.  Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the custom for Christians to be “shriven” before the start of Lent.

why do we celebrate pancake day?

Traditionally, pancakes were eaten on this day to use up rich, indulgent foods like eggs and milk before the 40-day fasting season of Lent began. But although it is enshrined in Christian tradition, it is believed that Pancake Day might originate in a pagan holiday, when eating warm, round pancakes – symbolising the sun – was a way of celebrating the arrival of spring.

why do we flip pancakes?

As well as making and eating pancakes, we Brits love to hold pancake races, where people run while flipping their pancakes in a pan. Legend has it that the tradition was born in the 15th century when a particularly disorganised woman in Buckinghamshire rushed to church to confess her sins while mid-way through making pancakes. We hope she gave one to the priest.”

[from: the telegraph.co.uk]

no offense to the english, but i wonder who loves their pancakes more, the british or the americans.

i grew up on pancakes {heartwarming and nostalgic in their utter deliciousness} and to celebrate today, i would like to post my favorite american-style pancake recipe.

enjoy.

1 cup buttermilk
**if you don’t have buttermilk at hand, combine 3/4 cup milk + 2 tablespoons white vinegar and let sit for 5 minutes to ‘sour’.
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar (you can use white but i prefer a healthier version like coconut sugar, or a brown sugar)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
2 tablespoons melted butter
& a bit of butter to condition the pan

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(recipe originally posted on all recipes.com but i have made a few adjustments…)

  1. (if you don’t have buttermilk) combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to ‘sour’.

  2. combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. whisk egg and butter into buttermilk (or “soured” milk.) pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.

  3. heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with a bit of butter. pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface – they will begin to “pop” when the pancakes are ready. flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.

  4. depending on what fruity / sweet / savory extras i am adding, i will also throw in a pinch or two of various spices before cooking. my favorite pancake combinations are: plum & pistachio, banana & chocolate chip, blueberry & lemon, and caramelized apples. my favorite spices to add are cinnamon, cardamom, and lemon or orange zest. get creative!

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for the true american pancake experience, don’t forget to drizzle your delightful creations with 100% pure maple syrup and top with a bit of powdered sugar.

pancakes are not just for breakfast, they are for always.

happy pancake day!

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{plum + pistachio}

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