Mardis Gras, meaning Fat Tuesday in French, marks the end of Carnival season and is the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of the 40 days of Lent. Mardis Gras is recognised throughout the world but each nation has their own title for this day. In the U.K. it is known as Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day, German speaking countries name it Fastnacht, in Sweden- Fettisdagen and in Italy- Martedí Grasso . It gets it’s name from the fact that all the good food that was given up for Lent had to be used up and so eggs, butter and flour was used to make pancakes or cakes and on Ash Wednesday the fasting would begin. Below are a selection of Pancake recipes from around the World.
The basic pancake recipe can be used in a variety of ways whether you enjoy savoury pancakes or sweet there are numerous toppings and fillings to enjoy once you have made your golden brown pancakes. pancakes can be enjoyed at any time throughout the year but are a traditional delight on Pancake Tuesday also known as Mardis Gras.
The Poffertjes – Dutch Pancakes recipe can be topped with a variety of delicious ingredients such as chocolate, syrups, apple sauce, liqueurs or simply dusted with icing sugar. For this recipe it is best to have the specially shaped pan called a Poffertjespan (usually cast-iron) on which to make them.
This dish originates from the court of Emperor Frans Josef I (1830-1916), it is said that this dish was prepared for him. The translation is Kaiser – Emperor, and Schmarren – Nonsense. The Kaiserschmarrn is the rich version as there were also many other simpler versions that existed throughout Austria . It is delicious served with apple sauce or fruit compote.
Crêpes Suzette are associated with French fine dining and are a much thinner version of a traditional pancake. The crêpe is served with a beurre Suzette, a sauce made of caramelized sugar and butter, orange juice, zest, and Grand Marnier, triple sec or orange Curaçao liqueur. At a hotel this dish would be prepared at the tableside and flambéd in a great show.
Crempog is a Welsh pancake traditionally made on bakestones or griddles. Crempog is one of the oldest recipes in Wales. Also known as ffroes, pancos and cramoth, they are normally served thickly piled into a stack and spread with butter. It is traditionally served at celebrations in Wales, such as Shrove Tuesday.
English pancakes have three key ingredients: plain flour, eggs, and milk. The batter is thin and runny and the pancake does not rise. English pancakes are similar to French crêpes and Italian crespelle. They may be eaten as a sweet dessert with the traditional topping of lemon juice and sugar or wrapped around savoury stuffings and eaten as a main course. These are traditionally enjoyed on Shrove Tuesday.
Scotch pancakes, sometimes called drop scones, are made by dropping the batter onto a hot griddle. They are made from flour, eggs, sugar, buttermilk or milk, . They are delicious served with fruit or jam at teatime.
Boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake. There are many recipes but all contain finely grated, raw potatoes and all are served fried. The mixture is fried on a griddle pan for a few minutes on each side, similar to a normal pancake.
In America pancakes, or flapjacks, are often served with bacon and eggs and drizzled with maple syrup for breakfast. They are also enjoyed in stacks of two or three, topped with maple syrup and butter. Other popular toppings include jam, peanut butter, nuts, fruit, honey, icing sugar, whipped cream, cane syrup, cinnamon and sugar.
Despite it’s name this delicious pancake recipe originates in Germany. Dutch Apple Pancake is started off in a heavy-based frying pan and then transferred to the oven to finish off. It is delicious sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and a dollop of whipped cream.
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