In Ireland (and the UK) we celebrate Pancake Tuesday the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the start of Lent – a fasting celebration before Easter.
All across the country today, people will be mixing batter, flipping pancakes (some more successfully than others…) and using all kinds of tasty toppings like sugar, chocolate, bananas, honey, lemon and more.
So… Why Pancakes?
Well, traditionally during the fasting season of Lent, eggs; butter; sugar and milk are not eaten so they need to be used and consumed beforehand so they won’t go to waste. Not a bad tradition!
Now, the basic mix is eggs; butter; sugar and milk but there are dozens – if not more – recipes to be found which add different ingredients like buttermilk; maple apple and pecan nuts – there’s even a recipe that calls for a splash of Irish Whiskey…
A basic recipe to try:
Whatever toppings you wish to add, you can try the following recipe:
- 200g/7oz plain flour
- 350-400ml/12-14fl oz milk, or ½ milk ½ water for a a thinner, lighter pancake
- 2 large eggs to be lightly whisked
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- A pinch of salt
- And vegetable oil for frying your delicious pancakes (serves four)