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20110308

Strawberry Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday

Today is Shrove Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. It is the last day before the start of Lent in the Christian calendar. Lent involves some form of fasting or going without fattening foods. So today, as they say in Italy, "mangia bene" (eat well).

Shrove Tuesday in the UK is commonly called "Pancake Tuesday" so what better way to eat well than to fill up on pancakes. Many people pick up a pack of pancake mix at the supermarket ... why? Pancakes are not only very easy to make from scratch, they actually taste better. Here is how I made my delicious Strawberry Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday 2011.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups plain or all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence
  • Strawberries
  • Light cream
Preparation
  • Rub the butter into the flour then add the baking soda, baking powder and sugar to taste
  • Beat the eggs into the mix until perfectly smooth, then add the vanilla essence, 
  • Slowly pour in buttermilk, beating well until you have a smooth, stiff batter
  • Cook slowly on a hot, greased griddle until a light golden colour on both sides
  • When cooked, spread with butter, allowing the butter to melt into the hot pancakes, then spread with strawberry jam and stack the pancakes two high on a plate
  • Chop a few strawberries, place in a blender with a small amount of light cream and blend on high speed until smooth. The resulting sauce should be thick and creamy. Pour over the pancakes and serve
John's Notes
These pancakes were light and spongy. I left my batter to sit for a few minutes before cooking to allow the lactic acid in the buttermilk to work on the baking powder; I found that really made a difference. The crowning glory of my Shrove Tuesday supper was the strawberry cream sauce. Absolutely delicious; I will be going to bed with a nice full belly tonight.

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