March 8th, 2011

happy pancake day!

Did you guys celebrate Pancake Day when you were kids? As a non-parent, I always wonder if they still do this in schools, and if parents still give this little breakfast-for-supper treat to their kids on the day before Ash Wednesday.

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent). Supposedly Pancake Tuesday was started because it was a way for families to use up all the dairy, eggs, and sweets in the house before abstaining from rich foods throughout Lent. Although I was raised in a Catholic home, I found more fun than religion in Pancake Day (though I do remember eating a lot of fish on Fridays). Not only would we get a longer lunch to enjoy pancakes in the cafeteria at school, but my family was all about making a special, homemade batch of “Nannie’s Pancakes” on the electric griddle for supper on Pancake Tuesday.nannies pancakes

Nannie’s Pancakes are another family specialty. My cousin Adam actually reminded me that today is Shrove Tuesday, and although for some reason we have differing versions of Nannie’s Pancakes (yes, it’s the same Nannie), we both end up with delicious, dense, tea biscuit-like treats, which are equally good for dining on or just snacking on cold the next day.keep em warm

Here’s the recipe:pancake recipe

Ta-ha! Just kidding! I won’t pull another Peanut Butter Ball cop out on you! Here’s the (legible) recipe:

Nanny Humphrey’s Pancakes

  • 1 cup of “sour” milk (to sour milk, add 1 tbsp of white vinegar to the milk and let stand for 10 minutes)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/4 of salt
  • 1 tbsp of vegetable oil

Beat your egg, and add your milk and sugar. Premix your other dry ingredients in another bowl, and then add your dry ingredients to your egg, milk, and sugar. Stir in your oil, mixing well, but DO NOT beat the batter. Heat a frying pan or electric griddle on low heat, greasing the pan. Drop your pancake batter by tablespoons on to your pan. You will want to use a low heat the whole time as these pancakes are much more dense than regular pancakes, and will need the extra time to cook through.pancake snack

And there you have it! Sweet, dense pancakes! Like I said, they are different from any ordinary pancake, so feel free to get creative with them. Eat them with jam, cut them in half and spread with butter like a biscuit, or do like Jeff and I did, and tear them apart with your hands, dipping them in a side of maple syrup! Mmm-mmm!

Do you have a special family pancake recipe? Feel free to share it in the comments; we LOVE trying new things! Happy Pancake Day everyone!

UPDATE! So it turns out this recipe is actually my DAD’S nannie’s, making it my great-nannie’s recipe! Old School! My dad use to love going to “Nannie’s” for his pancake treat. Sweetest. Thing. Ever.

7 comments on “happy pancake day!”

  1. Actually, Vik, these delicious “Nanny’s Pancakes” were actually your dad’s Nanny’s recipe, that would be your great grandmother, so they’ve been around making ppl happy for a long time. Glad to see you’re still keeping up the tradition.

  2. Hey Vik, we were at Andrew and Nicole’s on the weekend and Andrew made Nannie’s pancakes. Thanks for the recipe…I couldn’t find it the other night after we got home. I will make them tonight for supper. Can’t wait for them! Yummy!

  3. Oh my goodness … they’re so thick and fluffy! YUM! I’ve never heard of pancake day, but I totally want to start the tradition in our house. We’re pretty much up for any excuse to make and eat yummy pancakes :)

  4. The pancakes look great. It make me want to made a patch. The receipt is actually my grandmother’s Humphrey. I can remember being a kid ( under 12) and visiting her and getting them as a treat.


  5. Awww! My biggest fans: My family! Thank you guys for reading! Yah, Adam and I were discussing how they ended up being Great-Nannie’s (he wrote about *his version* of them on his blog; told me he mighta changed a few things…. blasphemy!) We really loved making them; thank you guys (Mama and Daddio) for making them for us growing up: it’s because of you guys that your kids carry on lots and lots of great family recipes :) Ally, glad I got you the recipe in the nick of time; I musta read your mind!

    To Jenn: No pancake day in your knowledge!? Well please feel free to take on the new *holiday* ;) I imagine it’s a bigger east coast thing b/c of all the Catholics. But go nuts: you deserve the treat after all the hard work you’ve been putting in on the homestead!

  6. Hey Vik, thanks for the receipe. I plan on making these when i get home from skating tonight, they look and sound tooo good not to try!!!

  7. Hi Vikki.
    Just wanted to point out a few things. Mom (your Nannie) used to wrap coins in wax paper and cook them in the pancakes and we would come from school at lunch and eat as many as we could to see if we found any money. It was a great tradition in our home. Our topping was always molasses. Also, this recipe was brought over from Scotland over a hundred years ago by a young bride, Robina McCutcheon, your great grandmother.
    Aunt Carol
    P.S. You have the correct recipe – Adam changed it up a bit.

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