Pancake Tuesday

Blueberry and Cinnamon Pancakes

We’re celebrating Pancake Tuesday today in Ireland- a day when we all go mad for pancakes. 

I could go mad for pancakes any day of the week and I make them often for breakfast. I like to add antioxidant rich blueberries and some banana to my batter with a sprinkling of cinnamon.

There are so many toppings people enjoy – nutella seems a real winner judging by people’s tweets today.  When we were small my mother made the traditional thin crepe pancakes with a topping of lemon, sugar and butter. I can still taste them today.

My mother always called today Shrove Tuesday – I wonder if anyone still calls it that these days?  The word shrove is the past tense of the English verb shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins by way of confession and doing penance.  The celebratory aspect of the day was associated with releasing high spirits before the somber season of Lent. The tradition of making pancakes on this day comes from the tradition of a last feast with ingredients such as sugar, fat and eggs, whose consumption was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent.

Now back to the pancakes…

What are your favourite ways to serve and eat pancakes? Have you any tips on how you  can you make your pancakes healthier?