American Style Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday | Sundaze #6

Before we get into the gloriousness that is American Style Pancakes, I want to give you some links to the different aspects of the content, so you can see what we will be discussing in this article.

American Style Pancakes

I often spend a large amount of time thinking of new breakfast ideas for the usual Sunday morning, given there is more time at the weekend than during the week, which is where these American Style Pancakes come into play.

But what if the need for a great American Style Pancake comes during the week, given we don’t call it Shrove Sunday?

Great question, and one I hope to answer with this article.

Why American Style Pancakes, what does that even mean?

american style pancakesOkay, first of we don’t call these American Style Pancakes here in N. Ireland. We call them Pancakes.

They aren’t crepes, because they are thick pancakes, and they are seriously fluffy.

They are known to be toasted or fried, if used as a part of a traditional Ulster Fry.

I am not a fan of crepes if I’m honest, simply because I find them too hard to make, but you will find a recipe for them in this article anyway, as I’d hate to leave anyone out.

So, we now know the difference between the pancakes, so we move on to understand why Shrove Tuesday is a thing.

explain shrove tuesday

Let’s look at the meaning of the word Shrove first.

It is derived from the word “shrive”, which means to absolve.

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, Ash Wednesday bring the day that Jesus fasted for forty days, and forty nights.

This known as lent, and it is a time when Christians give up something for the same length of time that Jesus did (traditionally meat).

My wife, for example, usually gives up chocolate.

So therefore, Shrove Tuesday is the day where she can eat as much chocolate as she can, because the next day, she can have no more.

Pancakes are a symbol of this, and pancakes are traditionally eaten on this day, because the last of the animal fat (dripping, etc) was used to fry them.

Oh, I should also mention the Shrove Tuesday is literally translated to “Fat Tuesday".

A fat lads favourite day of the year

American Style Pancakes Recipe

200g Self Raising Flour
1 & 1/2tsp Baking Powder
2tbsp Sugar
2 Eggs
200ml Milk
25g Butter, melted

1. Mix the flour, baking powder and sugar together in a bowl.

2. Mix the milk and eggs and add to the dry mix. Mix thoroughly.

3.  Add the melted butter, mixing until fully combined.

Best to use a whisk for this. Let it stand for minimum 10 minutes to thicken, before pouring into a jug.

This makes it easier to pour it into the pan.

4. Put a frying pan on a high heat, add oil and butter if you want it (I just usually go with oil).

5. Pour in the amount of mix that gives you the size you want, I usually go for big ones, but you can do them smaller if you like.

6. Leave to fry until you see the top begin to bubble. If you put your spatula under and some if the mix sticks to it, leave it for a further 30 seconds as it hasn’t fully set yet.

7. Flip and cook on the other side. You should get 8 medium pancakes out of this mix.


American Style Pancakes FAQ

Mardi Gras

You may think it’s odd I’m going here but bear with me.

Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”. Hmm, making sense now?

Mardi Gras begins on Three Kings day, with is the beginning of celebrations of a carnival nature, it finishes on Shrove Tuesday, the last night of celebration before the beginning of lent.

Naturally you can eat pancakes on Mardi Gras, in fact I would recommend it.

We went to New Orleans last year, and there is no shortage of places to eat and drink there.


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What the Crepe?

Okay, below is my crepe recipe.

It’s not mine really, it belongs to the BBC, but it works every time (once) I’ve used it.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/glossary/cr%C3%AApe

I think you’ll agree, there is a large amount of history behind pancake day, but I will stick to what I do best on that day; eat pancakes!

Fatladfood recommendations

Below you will find some of my favourite Pancake Recipe Books, all available through our partners at Amazon.

Whilst they are all very good, my particular favourite is Posh Pancakes, but I will leave you to make your choice.

Book ImageBook TitlePro/ConScorePrice
Pancakes, Crepes, Waffles and French Toast: Irresistible recipes from the griddlStraight forward recipes

Good value for money

Well laid out
4.9 out of 5 StarsCheck Price on Amazon
Posh PancakesOver 70 Recipes

Covers many different countries Pancakes

Easy to read and understand
4.8 out of 5 StarsCheck Price on Amazon
Flipping Good! Pancakes from across the worldInteresting & informative

Great for Students

4.7 out of 5 StarsCheck Price on Amazon

Next up I have pulled together some of my most recommended kitchenware, in order for you to make and flip those pancakes.

Kitchenware ImageNamePro/ConScorePrice
Stainless Steel Mixing BowlGood and deep

Stainless Steel

useful around the kitchen
5 out of 5 StarsCheck Price on Amazon
OXO Good Grips Balloon WhiskComfortable, nonslip handle, wet or dry

Highly polished stainless-steel wires

Wide, teardrop shape

Ideal for mixing in large bowls
4.7 out of 5 StarsCheck Price on Amazon
Pyrex P586 Pyrex Measuring Jug, 1 pintHigh performance

Easy to use

High quality
4.5 out of 5 StarsCheck Price on Amazon
ProCook Gourmet Induction Non-Stick Frying Pan 28cmGood non-stick coating

Suitable for use on induction hobs

Dishwasher Safe
4.8 out of 5 StarsCheck Price on Amazon

Please note: I am an associate of Amazon, so all of the links in the tables above and the food pantry items listed in the recipe, generate a small commission, which helps me keep this website alive. I appreciate your contribution.

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