This Pancake Tuesday, recreate the Arboretum pancake at home
Pancake Tuesday sounds like it could have been made up a few years ago to help sell maple syrup and Nutella, but in actual fact it is a very ancient feast day also known as Shrove Tuesday. Shrove comes from the word ‘shrive’ meaning to make confession and indeed Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.
The pancake tradition comes from eating up whatever rich and delicious things might be in the house before the start of Lent. This extended to eggs, which would be given up for the 40-day fast, and meat. And so it was the done thing to have an extravagant feast the day before the Lent. Whatever about the extravagant feast, making pancakes is a tradition that has stayed with us and is one we love to indulge in in our cafes.
This year, it’s up to you to make your own, but if you use the best quality ingredients you can find (as we do here at Arboretum) and follow our very own recipe (below) you will create the perfect Arboretum Pancake Tuesday pancake at home.
The key is making the batter in advance and allowing it to rest in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
If you are missing any vital utensils or equipment, check out our online kitchen store.
Pancake batter mix
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
120g plain flour
50g caster sugar
- Beat eggs and milk together, add in vanilla essence and caster sugar.
- Gradually add in flour, beating continuously to avoid lumps.
- Leave to rest for 15 minutes.
- Heat rapeseed oil on pan.
- Pour batter into centre of pan and swirl pan to evenly spread batter. Cook for 30 seconds and flip over and cook for another 30 seconds or until golden brown.
- Layer pancakes between grease proof paper and keep them warm until ready to serve.
Everyone has their favourite but here are some ideas:
- Greek yogurt or ricotta cheese, lavender honey and fresh berries
- Nutella and strawberries
- Stewed apple and cinnamon
- Banana, pecan nuts, Greek yogurt and honey
- Hot chocolate sauce and marshmallows
- Lemon juice and maple syrup
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