Plenty of pancake palaver, today. IHOP is serving pancakes - free -- all day. Tonight, in homes all across the world, families will sit down to pancake suppers. And food bloggers -- whew, food bloggers -- we're all about pancakes today. Why do we eat pancakes on the day before Lent begins, Shrove Tuesday, or, if you prefer, in Mardi Gras terms, Fat Tuesday?
WHY DO WE EAT PANCAKES ON 'FAT' TUESDAY?
" ...there is a historical ... reason why pancakes are consumed on this day. Many centuries ago, fatty foods including dairy were forbidden during the 40 days of Lent. So in order to use up their supply of these ingredients, the Anglicans added flour and voila — a feast of pancakes on the day before Ash Wednesday. ... growing up in an Episcopalian family, and watching all my Catholic friends head with their families to Galveston or New Orleans to revel in those last few days before Lent, I always felt a little sheepish walking into my church’s annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. No beads, no floats, no dancing, just stack upon stack of pancakes. And yes, it was a bit gluttonous, but compared to Mardi Gras, it was bit tame, too." ~ Homesick Texan for her Gingerbread Pancakes
There's nothing tame about all the pancake recipes from my favorite food bloggers. So make tonight a pancake night. Just pick one recipe -- any recipe -- to start the Pancake Night tradition in your own home.
But for anyone who's 'not inclined to the kitchen' I have it upon very good authority -- my mother! -- that Hungry Jack makes the best pancakes. After all, it's the tradition that counts, NOT the recipe.
Photo by FX Cuisine
Buttermilk Pancakes ~ from The Review Lady
Blueberry Pancakes ~ from Smitten Kitchen
Cornmeal Pancakes ~ from Gluten-Free Mommy
Oatmeal Pancakes ~ from Our Kitchen Sink
Vegan Pancakes ~ from Fatfree Vegan Kitchen
Swedish Pancakes ~ from My Own Sweet Thyme
Banana Nut Pancakes ~ from Joy the Baker
Buckwheat Pancakes ~ from Holy Basil
(NOTE: Every so often, my fellow BlogHer editor Kalyn Denny and I do a call for links via Twitter. This is a great way to share a favorite recipe here on BlogHer. (And bloggers, you know the value of a link from a high-pagerank site, right? That too!) Follow me via Kitchen Parade on Twitter and Kalyn via Kalyn's Kitchen on Twitter.)
Andrea's Recipes ~ Pecan Pancakes with Butter Pecan Syrup
Homesick Texan ~ Gingerbread Pancakes
In Good Taste ~ Gingerbread Pancakes
Foodland Ontatio ~ Spicy Sweet Potato Pancakes
Words to Eat By ~ Oatmeal Pancakes (a make-ahead mix!)
No Fear Entertaining ~ Whole Wheat Pancakes
Confabulation ~ Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes
And you, are you making pancakes tonight? What kind?!! Leave a recipe or a link to a recipe in the comments!
BlogHer food editor Alanna Kellogg will tonight remake her mother's favorite basic pancake recipe.
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