Dairy Dawn is back...with a pancake special

The finished result

It’s probably much too late to say Happy New Year (oh and I have also missed Valentines Day)… anyway I am back now and I thought I would kick of 2011 blogging with some pancake fun… It’s Shrove Tuesday on Tuesday 8th March.

First a short history lesson… The word shrove is linked to the English verb to shrive, which means to obtain absolution for ones sins by way of confession and doing penance. Shrove Tuesday is the last day before the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday and noted in histories dating back to 1000 AD. In the UK and many other countries, the day is often known as Pancake Day. Making and eating such foods was considered a last feast with ingredients such as sugar, fat and eggs, whose consumption was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent.

So there you go…a little bit of food history.

I asked around the office this week for top tips on pancakes also got Mark our development chef to whip up a few pancakes and talk me through his top tips.

Heating the panMark’s top tip was ’It’s All In The Pan’ – it needs to be to be hot enough and best in non stick or a proven pan…that chef’s talk for well loved, nurtured and used (I think!). It’s also key to ensure you sieve the flour to ensure that you don’t end up with lumps.

The most common batter recipe I came across in my research was..but a lot of my colleagues do it by eye and tweak as appropriate.

Use the initial quantities below and you won’t go far wrong (makes 4)

  • 150g ASDA plain (all purpose) sieved
  • 2 eggs
  • About 250ml milk

Looking for the consistency of single cream… now for the filling again I spoke to my colleagues and got a raft of suggestions on the sweet and savoury front.

Just plain lemon and sugar featured a lot as did lots of different fruits suggestions including my personal favourite which is a banana with chocolate buttons pushed in and the wrapped in a pancake… mmmm just wait till that chocolate melts… kids will love these… or even add cocoa powder and grated chocolate to your batter for the ultimate chocolate pancake.

Unsurprisingly I picked up on a few cheese suggestions as well: Grilled red peppers with goats cheese and Serrano ham mmmm that sounds (in the words of my colleague Margaret on the ASDA advert… ‘absolutely divine’).

The batter goes inAnother cheesy option warmed aubergines with feta cheese… one final suggestion I thought I would share was pancake parcels where they are stuffed with a savoury filling i.e. chilli etc and then the edges pulled into the centre (like a parcel) and then secured with a sprig of rosemary.

Interesting to also know that pancakes have a very long history and featured in cookery books as far back as 1439. The tradition of tossing or flipping them is almost as old: “And every man and maide doe take their turne, And tosse their Pancakes up for feare they burne.” (Pasquil’s Palin, 1619).

Whatever you do with your pancakes on Tuesday I am sure you will have fun… and then I am into 40 days of no chocolate.

Until next time – happy blogging.

Dairy Dawn X

Posted by Dawn on 07 March 2011
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