Usher in the season of Lent and mark Fat Tuesday with a traditional stack of healthy pancakes!
~by Regan Jones, RD
The way food, culture and religion intertwine has always been somewhat fascinating to me. The Feast of Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday, Latkes during Hanukkah....the list is actually quite long. The funny thing is I recall observing some of these food rituals as a kid and not really understanding their meaning... or knowing that frankly there was a meaning.
Pancakes on Fat Tuesday is a perfect example. I knew growing up that we always seemed to have a "pancake supper" at church on the day before Ash Wednesday. As a Protestant and member of The United Methodist Church, I can't really recall experiencing much "Carnival" type activity in the days leading up to Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras didn't mean much in small town Alabama. But pancake suppers... yep, they were always there. I'm not sure when I finally made the connection that there must be a religious significance to the tradition (note to Methodist ministers everywhere... the whole Shrove Tuesday/Fat Tuesday/Pancake Supper connection might be worth explaining to your younger congregation, you know?) But as it turns out, eating pancakes on the day before Lent has ties to "Shrovetide" -- more commonly observed in the UK and Ireland the week before Lent. (In case you aren't up on your words with Old English roots, the term is derived from the word "shrive," which means "to confess.")
Anyway, back to the pancakes. The significance is one of basically indulgence before the "fast" associated with the 40 days of Lent. You know... 'cause eating pancakes is on a par with the debauchery in the streets of New Orleans tonight I'm sure (insert sarcasm here). Overall, I get it though... splurge before the sacrifice. Lent marks for those in the Christian religion a very real time of repentance and reflection on Jesus Christ's last days preceding the betrayal and crucifixion. I'm not sure I understand the whole "going out with a bang" idea of Mardi Gras, but it is what it is.
If you don't find yourself like me fascinated by these food-religion connections or inclined to observe the coming season of Lent, I understand. But these pancakes have a place at your table too. Consider this your guide to 40 different ways to enjoy a delicious breakfast for the rest of 2018.
And if today does mark the eve of Lent for you, may you be blessed throughout the season with wisdom, reflection and bountiful blessings that aid in your Lenten journey.
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Whole Wheat Greek Yogurt Pancakes via Coffee & Quinoa
Greek Yogurt Peach Pancakes via The Kitchen Paper
Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Pancakes via Running With Spoons
Grain-Free Maple Cinnamon Pancakes via What's That Smell
Buttermilk Cornbread Pancakes via The Roasted Root
Gluten-Free Struesel Pancakes via Kumquat
Gluten-Free Buttermilk Oat Pancakes via Recreating Happiness
Gluten-Free Chickpea Pancakes via Food Recipes HQ
Gluten-Free Blueberry Pancakes via The Healthy Maven
Gluten & Dairy Free Almond Pancakes via Naturally Sweet Recipes
Blue Corn Pancakes via Keepin It Kind
Gluten-Free Pancakes via Three Blondes and a Tomas
Grain Free PB&J Swirl Pancakes via Kumquat
Protein Pancakes via Food Fanatic
Banana Oatmeal Protein Pancakes via The Iron You
Protein Pancakes via Living Well Kitchen
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Whole Grain Pumpkin Protein Pancakes via TexanErin
Banana Cream Protein Pancakes via Oatmeal With A Fork
Perfect Protein Pancakes via Running To The Kitchen
Protein Pancakes With Frosting via Yeah...Imma Eat That
Chocolate Protein Pancakes via Super Sweet Life
Dutch Baby Pancakes
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes via All Day I Dream About Food
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pancakes via One Ingredient Chef
Whole Wheat Chocolate Pancakes via Hidden Fruits & Veggies
Dye-Free Red Velvet Pancakes via Chocolate & Carrots
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Basic Buttermilk Pancakes
Makes 8 pancakes
- 1 cup (120 g) self-rising flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
Whisk together dry ingredients, then wet ingredients and then combine. Break up lumps, while stirring, but be careful not to overmix. If you prefer your pancakes thinner (as we do), stir in 1 tablespoon water. Let batter stand while griddle heats. This allows the buttermilk & baking soda (in the self-rising flour) to "puff" up the batter.
Divide batter evenly (I prefer to use an ice cream scoop), in batches onto a hot non-stick griddle (I like to hear a little "sizzle" so that I know the griddle is hot enough). Cook until edges of pancakes look dry & tops are bubbly. Flip and cook until done. Serve warm.