Pancake Tuesday (Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday) is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Shrove Tuesday is determined by Easter; its date changes annually ( Easter Sunday just happens to fall on my birthday this year). The expression “Shrove Tuesday” comes from the word “confess”. The term Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday…None of which we celebrate.
Breakfast for dinner!! That, on the other hand we definitely celebrate! We’ve been known to make bacon and eggs at 6pm rather then am….and maybe once made waffles at midnight. The closest I get to Mardi Gras or New Orleans is watching Treme and hearing my dad and Chris’s stories of when they were there ( Treme is really, really awesome by the way. If you haven’t seen it, stop what your doing and go find it. Watch it. My super awesome blog will be here when you get back. I promise.). The yummy food and insanely incredible music alone set my mind full of wonderful images and sounds. I can’t go on any more or I’ll get completely bummed that a trip to this magical and exciting place is nooooo where in my future*sigh. So we must move along…
So, this being Pancake Tuesday what else would we have for dinner!?! Super duper fluffy PANCAKES!!
1 lg tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 lg teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Whisk in the milk, egg, 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, and vanilla extract .Keep some lumps!!
- Let the batter stand for a few minutes.
- Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat, slowly pour about 1/4 cup of batter (for small pancakes) into the hot pan. Cook until bottom is browned and the tops are bubbly , then flip and cook until the center of the pancake is set and the other side is browned.