Shrove Tuesday marks the last day before the start of Lent and is the day for Christians to eat their rich foods up before the fasting season of Lent. In the UK it has become traditional to have pancakes on Shrove Tuesday – other countries have different traditions, semla pastries in Sweden, in Iceland they eat salted meats and peas and the day is rather wonderfully known as Sprengidagur or Bursting Day.
This year Shrove Tuesday falls on the 4th March and rather than the traditional British crêpe style of pancakes I’ve made some fluffy American style pancakes filled with mango purée as well as the traditional blueberries.
Recipe: Mango & Blueberry American Pancakes
Makes 6 pancakes, serves 2
120g plain white flour
1tsp baking powder
2 free range eggs
75ml semi skinned milk
100g mango puree – blitz some chunks of fresh fruit with a stick blender
Maple syrup to serve
Mix together flour, baking powder, eggs, milk and mango puree. Do not overbeat, as this will result in tougher pancakes.
Fold in half the blueberries. Heat a little of the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat, and cook the pancakes in small batches.
Turn once, when the bubbles rise to the surface. Keep warm in the oven whilst you cook the rest, or eat straight from the pan with butter and maple syrup.
Serve with the remainder of the blueberries.
We cooked our pancakes in a Tefal Jamie Oliver Pancake pan, and were very impressed. A lovely sturdy pan which was very non stick and thus barely needed any butter when cooking the pancakes. For some more pancake ideas check out the Tefal Pancake Day site.
Fuss Free Flavours received three pans from Tefal in return for developing this recipe and telling you about the Tefal Pancake Day site.