Pancake Tuesday falls today and all over Ireland people will indulge in delicious pancakes. Nearly every person in Ireland will eat a pancake at some point on Tuesday.
Pancake Tuesday is the last day before Lent begins, falling 47 days before Easter Sunday Just like Easter, the date changes every year. Sundays do not officially count as part of the 40 days of Lent.
Heres a bit of background!!
Pancake Day is the most popular term for this celebration, but it is also referred to as Shrove Tuesday in Ireland and England, or Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras here in the United States. Mardi Gras is a French term brought to America by French settlers to Louisiana. It literally means ‘Grease Tuesday’.
Lent is a time of abstinence so Fat Tuesday evolved into a day of indulgence, a time to use up decadent foods not permitted to be eaten during Lent. In years gone by eating fat, butter and eggs was forbidden during the 40 days of Lent. Pancakes were the perfect treat to use up any kitchen stores of banned lenten ingredients. Pancake Tuesday is humbling, when you think that a simple pancake was deemed luscious by our ancestors.
The pancakes of my childhood were not light, fluffy, thick buttermilk pancakes so popular in America. Our pancakes were thin, flat cakes, made by frying batter in a pan, just like French crêpes. A dash of freshly-squeezed lemon juice was added to the top, then sprinkled lightly with fine white sugar. The pancake was then rolled and served. SImple simple!!
Here is my recipe for the pancakes of when I was just a cailin!!
Ingredients For Irish Pancakes
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 large eggs
- 1 and 1/2 cups milk
- 1/4 stick butter (2 oz melted)
- 1/4 stick melted butter (for frying)
- freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar (for serving)
Enjoy mo chairde!!