Pancakes… who doesn’t like them???
There seems to be a few dates in the calendar when it is most appropriate to get out that pancake/crepe frying pan & whip up a batch!
Firstly – a Belgium tradition that falls on the 2nd of February is Candlemas/ Lichtmis which translates to “mass of light”. Taking place 40days after Christmas – it celebrates the halfway point between the winter solstice & spring equinox (and in many places is considered the start of spring). It is also the religious day when the Virgin Mary presents baby Jesus to the temple for the first time. And it seems that on this particular day, certain foods are quite traditional – i.e. crepes, pancakes & cakes (all grain based). According to the wide-world on the web, Pancakes & Crepes are considered symbols of the sun because of their round shape & golden colour.
Another Pancake Day is Shrove Tuesday – which is the day before Lent starts and is a moveable date that is linked to Easter. This date is also known as Mardi Gras in French – or “Fat Tuesday” – when people would use up their eggs, milk & sugar before the ritual fasting that is associated with Lent started. (FYI – Tomorrow, Tuesday 17th February is Shrove Tuesday in 2015… so get out those pans!!)
But whatever the reason – we love Pancakes… and these are the 5 that really caught our eye:
We start off with Annelies of Liezie Peasy & her traditional Lichtmis Pancakes recipe – because there is nothing wrong with keeping it simple!
Greg of Cook n Roll showcases a delightful pancake stacked cake with carmalized sugar & rum! (We agree – more than 1 is a good idea!!!)
While Sylvie of Les Gourmandises de Sylf shows us how to make Oatmeal Pancakes!
Myriam of Hap n Tap shakes things up by incorporating baked apples into her pancakes.
And finally – Cuberdon & Macaron shares a traditional Crepe Suzette recipe that you can’t go wrong with.
Do you have a pancake recipe that you want to share with us? Add your link in the comments section below!
Maxine is a South African experiencing her 7th year living in Brussels and still can’t speak French… married to HIM who speaks 5 languages (& thankfully with French being one of them!). Loving food in all its glory… reading about it, making it and eating it! She writes Why I Am Not Skinny. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.