It was historically a pagan holiday that honoured the arrival of the new season of spring.
The reason we eat pancakes is because eggs and milk were usually used up before the 40 day fast for Lent began and what better food to make than pancakes!
Pancakes have evolved since then and you can have thin ones, fat ones, sweet ones and savoury ones. You can also top them with various different sauces and fruits amongst other ingredients.
A simple pancake recipe is as follows:
- 100 grams plain flour
- 2 eggs
- 300ml milk
- 1 tablespoon oil
- pinch of salt
- pinch of cinnamon
- In a large bowl, sift in the flour, cinnamon and salt and make a well in the middle.
- Crack the eggs in the middle and pour in approximately 50ml of the milk and the oil.
- Start whisking the mixture as it turns into batter whilst slowly pouring in the rest of the milk.
- Once it is really smooth, heat a lightly greased crepe pan on medium heat.
- Pour in some batter and spread out evenly.
- Once it turns golden (less than a minute), flip over.
- Continue doing the same till you have made a batch.
My favourite ways to eat pancakes are topped with:
- Sugar and lemon. Simple and scrumptious.
- Bananas and Nutella. Match made in heaven.
- Salted caramel sauce. Need I say more?
- Blueberries and strawberries (Which I can no longer have due to berry allergies)
- Drizzled with maple syrup.
What are your favourite ways to eat pancakes?