Shrove Tuesday pancakes have as many variations as the tradition they represent...
What's the occasion? The start of the Lenten Fast leading up to Easter, and the last day to use up your meat, fat, butter, eggs, milk, etc.
Shrove Tuesday brings with it a thin pancake which closely resembles the French crepe. This pancake can be made into sweet or savory dishes and eaten all day long.
Often times it was Dad who made these pancakes (at least in my family). Many families reserve this tradition for Shrove Tuesday, but you don't have to wait for a specific day to enjoy a taste of Ireland.
The list is short and sweet:
First, preheat oven to 350°F, then:
These pancakes can also be stored on a warmed plate in the oven, rolled into tubes instead of folded. Doing this as each comes off the pan saves baking time.
Many people enjoy the variation of crumbling crispy bacon into the batter.
The difference between these and “fat”pancakes really is the thickness of the batter.
Different recipes use different ratios of ingredients. I have a friend who uses 2 cups of flour, 2 ½ cups of milk, and 2 eggs instead of my personal ratio of 1/1/4, which means, really, you can use what you have on hand.
Note that there is no syrup or gobs of butter. These pancakes are topped with a sprinkle of sugar and a dash of lemon juice. When made into a dinner they can be made with cornmeal instead of traditional flour.
Some people do add meat to them, fatty ham, bacon, or pork are popular with these. In fact many families served roast pork or pork chop alongside their pancakes.
Well, if you loved Shrove Pancakes, you are very likely to love some of our other delicious Irish recipes! Have a look at our Irish recipes section here!
I think you will find serving Irish food is one of the most accessible and rewarding ways to express your Irish side!
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