Pancake Day: 4 Recipes to Help You Whip Up the Perfect Stack

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Americans may party with beads and booze on Mardi Gras until the sun dawns on Ash Wednesday, but beyond Bourbon Street, another kind of pre-Lenten celebration is occurring — with pancakes. In the UK, Ireland, and Australia, the day before Lent begins is commonly called Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day. Why pancakes? It’s because the griddle cakes are made with eggs, butter, and milk — the perfect way to use up the kind of rich ingredients people abstain from during Lent.

So if you can’t make it to New Orleans for this year’s celebrations, why not make pancakes instead? Here are four pancake recipes with video demonstrations from SORTED Food to help you celebrate all day long.

1. Breakfast

Kick off Shrove Tuesday with a plate full of “American Pancakes,” presented by a duo with English accents who put their own spin on an American classic. A “knob” of butter is a British term with an inexact equivalent. When putting a knob of butter in a pan before cooking your pancakes, use as much or as little butter as you normally use. In the pancake recipe, for 2 knobs of melted butter use about 2 to 3 tablespoons. Also, in the video, you’ll notice they smash the blueberries before adding them to the pancakes so that some of the juice mixes with the batter while it’s cooking.

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  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ a mug of milk (150 milliliters)
  • 2 knobs of melted butter
  • 4 handfuls of plain flour (150 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 punnet of mixed berries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 knob of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of maple syrup

Directions: Whisk the egg and milk together until foamy and then add the melted butter. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk furiously until lump-free. Mash the banana and add to mix.

Chuck a knob of butter in a hot pan until it bubbles. Ladle the mixture into the pan to form a pancake shape. Sprinkle a few berries on top of pancake quickly before it cooks. Flip over when pancake begins to bubble and is golden brown underneath Cook until the pancake has risen and golden. Serve several stacked with a drizzle of maple syrup.

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