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.
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.
Here’s the 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.
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!