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Pancake Tuesday

March 9, 2011

I remember Shrove Tuesday not so much for the religious aspect but for the yummy pancakes.  In elementary school teachers would serve pancakes for lunch and it was always a big deal.

Remember when those little things were such a big deal?

What is Pancake Day?

Pancake Day ( also known as Shrove Tuesday) is the last day before the period which Christians call Lent. It is traditional on this day to eat pancakes. copyright of projectbritain.com

Why are Pancakes eaten on Shrove Tuesday?

Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren’t allowed in Lent. Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.

Buttermilk whole wheat pancakes

2 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour

1/2 cup white flour

4 tbsp sugar

3 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

3 cups buttermilk

1 tbsp olive oil (canola or coconut oil)

3 egg yolks and 1 egg white

Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix well.  Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until no lumps remain.

You know what to do next.

I consider myself somewhat of a pancake expert. If I had a dollar for every batch of pancakes I’ve made………

One of the girls favourite meals has always been pancakes, so if I don’t make up a batch on the weekend then I almost always make them some for dinner during the week.  This is only one version but they were fluffy and light from the buttermilk and almost impossible to tell mostly whole wheat.

I always make a huge batch so that they can toast a couple for breakfast and I can make them pancake sandwiches for lunch.  A little peanut butter and jelly between two pancakes and you have something healthy to send them to school with.

Did you celebrate Pancake Tuesday in school?

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