Bursting day

Feb 8, 2016 | Recipes



As we approach Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday it has made me think about all those luxuries that people may want to give up for Lent. You know the ones, chocolate and alcohol, to name just two. Eggs were once considered a luxury but I know I couldn’t do without them in baking and have yet to find a recipe that doesn’t use them. This is why eggs were used in pancakes on Shrove Tuesday as a way of finishing them up before lent started on Ash Wednesday, which was traditionally a time when Christians cut back on indulgent foods for 40 days. Did you know the Swedish call Shrove Tuesday Fat Day, the French call it Fat Tuesday and the Icelandic’s Bursting Day ?

So, this is my recipe for pancakes which comes from an American lady I used to work for as a mothers help in Geneva. I used to make these for ‘my charges’ for breakfast before they went to school. I have converted the measurements to metric as the original recipe was in American cups.


125g plain flour
1 egg
1 level teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon oil ( I use sunflower)
1 level tablespoon caster sugar
a splash of milk
1 carton of buttermilk
optional: a large handful of blueberries or an apple grated

  1. Combine all the dry ingredients
  2. Add the egg, oil, buttermilk and milk. If it looks very thick add a little more milk, but you don’t want it runny
  3. Add the apple or blueberries
  4. Whisk with a hand whisk and leave until the surface is covered with bubbles
  5. Melt some butter in a frying pan, I use a large one as I can get 4 pancakes in
  6. Ladle an amount into the frying pan, but keep the heat fairly low
  7. When bubbles pop on the surface, turn them and cook on the other side for a minute or two, keep an eye on them
  8. Serve them with maple syrup or whatever takes your fancy

I always make a double batch as they are always eaten up, enjoy x



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