From Wikipedia: Pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent. The liturgical fasting emphasized eating plainer food and refraining from food that would give pleasure: In many cultures, this means no meat, dairy, or eggs.
One of my most popular posts ever. Pancake Tuesday. I still do think the Cook's Illustrated recipe is the best, but the recipe I make most often is from The Joy of Cooking:
- 1 1/2 cups of flour
- 3 tbs sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk
- 3 tbs unsalted butter, melted
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla
- 1/2 tsp or less of cinnamon (my family insists on cinnamon in their pancakes)
Mix the wet ingredients together and the dry ingredients together and then mix it all together and there you go. (I paraphrased the instructions because I spent too long staring at the baby this morning.) Setting my griddle to 350 makes perfect pancakes. And if sprinkle pecans on top? Wow.
Excuse my super lazy, no photo post. Happy Fat Tuesday!
And PS! In case you missed it, Elizabeth shared some ideas for a Papal notebook. I still have the bulletin with Pope Benedict's picture on the cover. Sigh.