Pancake Tuesday

Advertisements of stores in Ireland and shelves in supermarkets reveal the fact that Shrove Tuesday is coming up soon.

This year it’s on the 25th of February which is only 7 days away! Say, are you prepared for the special day? Or do you still need an inspiration or recipe for it?

Pancake Tuesday isn’t the only day, though, on which you can serve this dish. According to my husband,

Pancakes are perfect on any day and at any time!

An old cookbook says that the Dutch brought them to America, and that in Pennsylvania the Germans served their pancakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Can you tell that German natives like to eat their Pfannkuchen?

The Mexicans love their Tacos, and the Germans love their Pfannkuchen. Both dishes are made of flour and other ingredients, and both of them are quite versatile. They come in various sizes, shapes and textures, and they are perfect for savory or sweet dishes. I’ll talk more about Tacos in another post.

Let’s get back to Shrove Tuesday or Fastnachtsdienstag as we would call it in Germany.

How about making pancakes from scratch? Following is one of my recipes I’ll share with you. (More to come in future posts. Did I tell you that we love to make and eat our Pfannkuchen? 🙂 )

  • Whisk 3 medium eggs and a dash of salt.
  • Slowly add 300ml milk. Continue to stir.
  • Add 250g of white flour (or 200g of whole wheat flour) and mix well.
  • Bake / Fry (makes about 5-6 pan-sized or 6-8 small size pancakes)
  • Place fried pancake on plate and cover with another plate to keep warm.

Do you like yours a little thinner? Then add a bit more liquid to the batter. Or, do you prefer thicker ones? Then add more flour to the batter. If you want them pan-sized fry them in a skillet. Or use a frying pan or a griddle to make smaller sized pancakes.

Some Irish families serve them with lemon juice which sounds a bit odd to me. Spread chocolate or hazelnut spread, jam, or peanut butter on them. Or make a savory dish by topping them with cheese, fried chicken, cooked vegetables or whatever you like. Be creative! Enjoy your Pancake Day!

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