Every year, the day before Ash Wednesday, in different regions of the world, people celebrate Pancake Day - also known as Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras.
But why do we celebrate Pancake Tuesday? Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time linked with penitence, abstinence and reflection. For this reason, people consider Shrove Tuesday as the last day of food binging before 40 days of moderation.
This day is famous not just for deliciousness (can you resist a pancake?) but also for traditional pancake races - a good way to burn off the calories! These fun races are hosted in many villages around the UK - the oldest dating back to 1445 in Olney, Buckinghamshire.
The competition sees people running along, holding a frying pan and flipping the pancake, without letting it fall before reaching the finishing line. It sounds easy but it’s not: hard flipping-training is required to become a master and to be able to win the race!
Getting back to the pancake itself, depending on your taste and batter, you can make different versions: sweet or savoury, thick or thin. For all of them the ingredients and technique is the same: mixing together flour, milk, eggs and sometimes baking powder; the batter has to be left a couple of hours to rest and then you can pour it (be careful with the quantity) into a frying pan. When the topside starts to show few bubbles, the pancake is ready to be flipped.
The good thing about pancakes is that they can make happy a sweet or a salty tooth. In fact, it’s not unusual to find pancakes served as main dishes, filled with savoury ingredients such as meat, veggies or cheese.
Pancakes are very easy to make and they don’t require too much effort. When you have found your perfect batter recipe and your flipping skills are good, you will find yourself preparing them all year round!
Here's a yummy recipe from Sukrin chef:
125g plain flour (or gluten free plain flour)
20g Sukrin Fibrefine
25g Sukrin Mandelmel organic fat reduced almond flour
10g Sukrin Melis
Sukrin Gold and lemon to sprinkle
Measure the dry ingredients into a bowl. Whisk in the egg, and gradually stir in the milk to form a smooth batter.
Melt a little butter or coconut oil in a non-stick frying pan, and when hot pour in enough batter to coat the pan in a thin layer. Cook on one side, and then flip to cook the other.
Serve sprinkled generously with Sukrin Gold and lemon juice, or other topping of your choice.
Good to know: Sukrin Pancakes 100g contain 157kcal, 8g protein, 21g carbs, 3g fat, 4g fibre instead of regular pancakes, which 100g contain 180kcal, 7g protein, 27g carbs, 3g fat, 1g fibre
Sweet & Savoury Toppings Ideas
Butter; Maple Syrup; Sugar; Whipped Cream; Creme Anglais; Creme Fraiche; Grand Marnier; Raspberry Jam; Strawberry Jam ; Orange Marmalade; Caramel; White Chocolate Sauce; Goat Cheese and Strawberry Jam; Mashed Banana and Brown Sugar; Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce; Blue Cheese; Lemon Curd; Caviar; Cranberry Orange Relish; Hot Fudge Sauce ; Rum-Glazed Bananas; Chopped Peaches; Blackberry Sauce; Sour Cream, Smoked Salmon and Chives; Apples and Cranberries; Peanut Butter and Jelly; Apple Sauce; Honey ; Cocoa Powder ; Cinnamon; Apple Cider Syrup; Apple Cinnamon Syrup; Apple Ginger Syrup; Ice Cream; Chocolate Spread; Bananas and Walnuts; Lemon Juice and Sugar; Banana and Honey; Bluberry Jam and Greek Yoghurt; Greek Yoghurt and Honey; Orange Juice and Brown Sugar; Bacon; Tofu; Peanut Butter and Honey; Chocolate Chips; Orange-Honey Syrup; Cottage Cheese; Cream Cheese; Sour Cream; Chocolate Peanut Butter; Cinnamon Honey Butter...
So, pick the perfect pan and tools, the best ingredients and toppings from our Pancake Day Shop and get ready to flip!