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So I was scrolling through FB last week at the end of the night and somewhere on there I saw posted that it was National Pancake day. As I love pancakes, I couldn’t believe I would have missed a day celebrating such a yummy food. I have a friend who loves pancakes just as much as I do, so I asked him, well more like I accused of knowing and not sharing such critical information. Him, being British said, I thought that was next week, Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Tuesday. In my head I was like hmmm, what’s that, this shrove thing. So I looked it up to find out more info. Interestingly enough, its similar to our Fat Tuesday but called something different. I had never heard that before. In my search I even learned there was a pancake week… Yes please!
According to Wikipedia,
Shrove Tuesday is known in English-speaking countries,such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of the United States for the day preceding Ash Wednesday.
“The word shrove is the past participle of the English verb to shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins by way of confession and doing penance. During the week before Lent, sometimes called Shrovetide in English, Christians were expected to go to confession in preparation for the penitential season of turning to God. Shrove Tuesday was the last day before the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, and noted in histories dating back to 1000 AD. The popular celebratory aspect of the day had developed long before the Protestant Reformation, and was associated with releasing high spirits before the somber season of Lent. It is analogous to the continuing Carnival tradition associated with Mardi Gras (and its various names in different countries) that continued separately in European Catholic countries.
In the United States, the term Shrove Tuesday is less widely known outside of people who observe the liturgical traditions of the Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, and Catholic churches. Because of the increase in many immigrant populations and traditions since the 19th century, and the rise of highly publicized festivals, Mardi Gras has become more familiar as the designation for that day.
In the United Kingdom and many other countries, the day is often known as Pancake Day. Making and eating such foods was considered a last feast with ingredients such as sugar, fat and eggs, whose consumption was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent.”
In honor of the Shrove, Fat Tuesday and Pancake day 3/7/11, I went searching the web for great pancake recipes to share.
My favorite pancake recipes: (i’ve tested all of the below and love them all)
- Dutch Baby’s/Oven Pancakes
- Milk Chocolate Buttermilk pancakes
- Buttermilk Pancakes
- Another Buttermilk Pancake recipe
What is your favorite pancake recipe? Do you like the fluffycake-like type or the flatter buttermilk type?