Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Happy Shrove Tuesday




I'm guessing that most of you are right at this moment flipping those pancakes up in the air. Adults and children alike seem to love a pancake, whether they are savoury or sweet I do have a fondness for a pancake. My favourite is a thin Breton pancake that's made with buckwheat flour traditionally served with ham and cheese it is a dish I always try to have whenever I'm in France.


The tradition for Pancake day comes from the preparation for Lent and the using up all the rich ingredients, namely eggs and butter, one had at home. These were forbidden during Lent by the Catholic church in Medieval times and so the tradition of Pancake day began. Pancakes made from different types of flours are eaten throughout the world, from Europe to Asia to South America, essentially they are a very thin bread enhanced by all different fillings. In the UK we tend to prefer lemon and sugar or honey though nutella is a firm favourite in our house.


Here is a recipe for Buckwheat Crepes in case you fancy something light and savoury tonight:



1 and a half cups of buckwheat flour
A cup of wheat flour 
1 egg
2 cups milk
pinch of salt

Put the two flours in a bowl. Whisk in the egg and milk. If the batter is too thick, add water to thin it. Heat a little oil in a frying pan. Pour in a small quantity of batter then spread it to cover the bottom of the pan. Let it cook 2 minutes on each side. Then lay a slice of Cooked ham and sprinkle with some grate cheese (gruyere is my favourite) or you can fry up some mushrooms in a little butter with thyme, roll up the pancake and devour! Happy Pancake Day.