Shrove Tuesday! Feb 2015

Pancake Tuesday: 17th Feb 2015

Historical Background:

Shrove Tuesday (widely known as Pancake Day) is a day in February or March, prior to Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent. It is celebrated in most countries by eating pancakes.
The expression "Shrove Tuesday" comes from the word shrive, meaning "confess. Therefore, many Christians, take it as an opportunity to consider what wrongs they may have committed over the past year and repent. They also look at making future goals and ask for Gods help and forgiveness.
The term Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday", referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

Restaurants to visit in London on Tuesday 17th Feb 15

1. Kensington Creperie
2-6 Exhibition Road SW7

2. My Old Dutch
221 Kings Road Sw3

Traditional Recipe to make them yourself!

Ingredients:
• 225g / 8 oz plain or all-purpose flour
• Pinch salt
• 2 large, fresh eggs
• 600ml / 2½ cups milk
• 2 tsp melted butter plus extra melted butter for cooking
Makes 12 pancakes
• Sieve the flour into a large baking bowl, add the salt. Make a well in the centre of the flour and add the eggs. Beat well until smooth and lump free.
• Add half the milk and the 2 tsp of butter, beat well. Add the remaining milk and stir.
• Leave the batter to rest for 15 minutes.
• Lightly grease a pancake pan or frying pan with a little melted butter. Heat until very hot and add a ladleful of batter so it evenly and thinly coats the base of the pan. Cook until set and lightly golden.
• Using a spatula or if you are really brave try tossing the pancake in the air, and cook on the other side for approx 30 seconds.
• Slip the pancake from the pan onto a warm plate. Cover the plate with a tea cloth and keep warm. Continue as above until all the batter is used up.

To Serve
On Pancake Day, pancakes are traditionally eaten sprinkled with sugar and a squeeze of lemon.