I guess I started the celebration of Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday) early by making crepes this Sunday morning for breakfast.
Well I was late if I had planned on honoring La Chandeleur, the French tradition which takes place on February 2nd.
Besides offering a Crepes recipe, Sylvie Shirazi of Sugar Savvy gives us some context on La Chandeleur which she says "commemorates the purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of baby Jesus. Now you may be asking, what does this have to do with making crêpes? (Apparently, not much). Historically, flour was used to make crêpes as a symbol of prosperity for the next year’s harvest, and the round shape of the crêpes themselves recalled the shape of the sun in order to usher in the return of spring after a cold winter."
Sejal Sukhadwala tries to answer Why people eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.
Shrove Tuesday's meaning he tells us comes from 'shrove' stems from old English word 'shrive', meaning 'confess all sins'.
Want to know How to serve Michelin starred pancakes, Amy Fleming (The Guardian, February 23) asked a few chefs in London.
My favorite is by Samantha Clark, the chef at Moro who "suggests a topping made by cooking apples with brown sugar, cinnamon and raisins, adding pine nuts before finishing off the pancake with cream or creme fraiche."
Not for the calorie conscious but who cares, just that one day...
In my book, whatever day of the year it is, if I run out of cereals as long as I have eggs, flour and milk there is still breakfast.
For extra flavor, use a nugget of butter in the pan with each crepe.
I never use a a recipe or a measuring cup.
I usually know when the mix is right.