I much prefer the term Fat Tuesday than Shrove Tuesday, I can relate to it more. But if that doesn’t sit well, Mardi Gras sounds ideal too.
Shrove derives from the English word shriven which means going to confession. Shrove Tuesday is always the day before Ash Wednesday (the day of confession) and Lent always starts on a Wednesday. Shrove Tuesday was the last chance to use up all of the fattening ingredients in the kitchen, which would otherwise be given up for Lent. These ingredients included milk, eggs and butter which when combined together made pancakes!
And from that we have Pancake Day! So will you be flipping pancakes for breakfast, enjoying a sweet treat at Elevenses or dishing up a savoury pancake for dinner?
I was sent the Perfect Pancake Pack from Asda and George at Asda, Edinburgh. This included a marvellous Unicorn template frying pan with batter bottle, ingredients to make my own pancakes, easy to make pancake mix including gluten free pancake mixture and several delicious toppings including bananas and chocolate sauce; raspberries and cream; blueberries and greek yoghurt, salted caramel icecream and maple syrup.
At the weekend, I decided to make a mess in my mums kitchen as she is a gluten freebie. (I still had to clean up and do the dishes even after I had served her up delicious pretty unicorn shaped pancakes hehe!). So along with the pan, the instant pancake mixtures, milk and toppings I headed out to East Lothian.
I really really like the Asda Pancake Shakers. They are so easy to use and the pancakes genuinely taste great with a slight hint of vanilla. You take the shaker, fill it up to the level on the back of the bottle; do the same for the Free From Pancake Shaker too. Then shake it till you can shake it no more.
Pour the batter into the wee batter bottle provided. Pop the frying pan on the stove, once it reaches a heat, use the bottle to outline the unicorn.
My handy tip here – leave the outline for a good 90 seconds, make sure there are plenty of bubbles showing before you pour the batter into the empty sections to fill in the gaps; and only fill in the empty spaces, don’t go over the outline again.
Flip the pancake over and cook on the underside too. My pancakes got better, the above is my second attempt.
The gluten freebie ones came out fab too!
I would definitely recommend the Pancake Shaker from Asda. Its super easy and the pancakes are delicious. They do as they say on the tin – Pronto pancakes with a flip and a fry! And the Unicorn Frying Pan definitely brought out my inner child. Loved it! For anyone with children this is a fun activity that all the family can get involved in.
Here Is my favourite recipe for fluffy Scottish pancakes!
150g self raising flour
25g melted butter
pinch of salt
pinch of sugar
Mix well and let stand for 30 minutes. Spoon into a heated frying pan and cook as you would pancakes. The more bubbles, the more its cooked. Flip over, cook on the other side and serve.
And top with everything and anything your pretty little heart desires.
Thank you Asda and George at Asda, Edinburgh for my perfect pancake pack. I’ll be making pancakes at every opportunity now.