February 21, 2012

Pancake Day

My Dutch housemate laughed at me when I said today was Pancake Day. The Dutch are crazy about pancakes (even making mini versions) but they haven't yet named a day after it, apparently. 

Here I was thinking it was celebrated all over the world but it turns out Shrove Tuesday is quite an English 'thing' when you eat pancakes before the start of Lent. 

Why pancakes? Because they're made out of the ordinary things you have readily available like sugar, fat, flour and eggs, which are usually restricted during the fasting period. In other countries it can be linked to Carnival - which derives from the words "carne levar" (to take away meat). Though I won't be fasting any excuse to eat pancakes sounds great to me :)

Dutch pancakes are more similar to crepes and are the perfect student meal because you can throw almost anything in there. Personal favourites include: *cheese + spinach and *mushroom, egg, onions + sausage as savoury crepes and *nutella + banana and *sugar + lemon as sweet :) (Eaten almost daily on our trip to Thailand believe it or not!)

Here's the basic recipe for yummy crepes:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, melted

  1. Sift together the flour, sugar and salt and set aside. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and milk together with a mixer. Beat in the flour mixture until it looks smooth and then stir in the melted butter
  2. Heat a lightly oiled frying pan (A griddle is best but students don't usually own such things) over a medium heat. Pour about 2 tablespoons worth of batter for each crepe. Tip and rotate the pan to spread the batter as thinly as possible; don't worry if there are some tiny holes. Cook until it's nice and brown and crispy on the edges.

When dinner is the only thing you have to look forward to on a day swamped with reading and assignments pancakes make it that much more exciting.


  1. recipe for the pancake???

    1. Oops! Didn't think to add that :P Just updated it! Enjoy! XO

  2. I'm not a huge fan of bananas, however this still looks yummy! xoxo A-