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Pancake Day


Pancake Day must be one of my favourite holidays.  Who doesn’t love pancakes?  I mean every single culture has them, be they sweet or savoury. So to celebrate pancakes all over the world we wanted to introduce you to our favourite recipes.

From Esther:
In the Netherlands, pancakes are traditionally eaten for dinner — in the evening! It’s a feast meal for children, and very often it’s the dad’s job to bake them. We have different ways to eat the pancakes: plain with powdered sugar, jam or sugar syrup, with slices of fried apple, or we eat the savory variety with thin slices or bacon (still eaten with syrup!) or melted cheese. Yum!
Here is the recipe for the Dutch variety.

From Dina:
Pancakes are the quintessential (and somewhat mandatory) staple of the American breakfast, along with bacon and eggs, and while they are traditionally eaten only during the morning hours we tend to make them a lot for dinner in my house.  Here in NYC we generally like them either large (the size of our plate) or as “silver dollars” (the size of an Oreo) with plenty of dark, rich syrup.  My husband dug up this recipe when looking for the “fluffiest” pancakes and they are truly amazing.  My top three kid-friendly pancake spots in the city are Clinton Street Bacon Co (East Village), Bubby’s (Tribeca/Brooklyn) and Sarabeth’s (Upper West Side).   All are insanely popular with Disney-like snaking lines to get in, so go early!
Here is the recipe for Fluffy Pancakes. So good you don’t even need to add syrup!

From Courtney:
Weekends are celebrated with pancakes in our house. On Saturdays we eat ‘skinny pancakes’ (which are essentially crêpes) and on Sundays we eat ‘fat pancakes’ — either made with whole wheat flour or oats (soaked in buttermilk overnight). My favourite are definitely the oatmeal pancakes — so good my mouth is watering at the thought of them!

From Emilie:
In France, crêpes are as much a part of the culinary culture as baguettes and croissants. Crêpes can be found in every type of french cuisine.  They can be the equivalent of the English Kebab, available at any time of the night and sold out of little stands on street corners.  Or they can appear on the menu of the finest restaurants, served flambéed with Grand Marnier! In real crêperies the savoury crêpe is made out of buckwheat flour, while the sweet one is made out of wheat. I mostly ignore that rule at home and make one batter to cover all variations. Here is my favourite recipe for crêpes.

The photo is from Chocolate and Zucchini one of my favourite cooking blogs.


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Comments (2)

March 8, 2011

In Newfoundland, where I am from, Pancake Night has a unique tradition associated with it; people bake items right into the pancake that are used to predict the future for the person who gets that pancake… a coin might mean you are going to be wealthy, a thimble means you might be a tailor etc… You can read more about this fun tradition here: http://www.heritage.nf.ca/society/custom.html
and I tried to come up with some more toddler – friendly ways to do this which I posted on my blog.


March 8, 2011

Oh, my! I had no idea! What lovely thoughts. As you can tell, pancakes are very dear to my heart too:) Thank you!


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