UPDATED TO ADD: I probably wasn’t clear earlier because a lot of people were sad they missed out on pancakes for breakfast today, but traditionally on Shrove Tuesday pancakes are eaten for dinner! If you get to eat them for breakfast, that’s just like every Sunday! Haha. Eating them for DINNER is the real treat, so enjoy these tonight!
It’s Shrove Tuesday! That’s the British term, I believe, so that’s what I was raised calling it (it’s also sometimes called Pancake Day). I think the American name is Fat Tuesday? Or am I confusing that with something else?
Either way, it’s the day before Lent begins (Ash Wednesday). Traditionally, pancakes are eaten on this day because many fast for Lent, so the day before Lent began was the time to use up all the pantry items that couldn’t be consumed during Lent fasting. Those ingredients usually meant eggs, flour, lard (or other fat) and milk, which, of course, are the ingredients in a traditional pancake recipe.
My whole life we have had pancakes for dinner on Shrove Tuesday.
Being raised in British countries by British parents, our pancakes were traditionally English – large and thin (not quite as thin as crepes but the taste is more like crepes than the fluffier American pancake), typically served with lemon and sugar and rolled up (pictured above, how I ate them on Christmas morning last year!).
Nowadays, not eating refined sugars, I typically use the following as topping options:
- maple syrup and some crushed walnuts
- warmed unsweetened applesauce with cinnamon
- or, to stick with the tradition, lemon juice and a sprinkle of Sucanat or coconut sugar.
I know the blogging world likes to diversify as much as possible with pancakes, and while the fluffy American pancakes aren’t my favourites, I’ve found some that I quite like. So this month’s Blog Love is a bit different – rather than choosing my favourite post from some fellow bloggers over the last month, I’m choosing my favourite pancake posts from blogs I read (not necessarily from the last month).
Feast your eyes, and enjoy Shrove Tuesday!
Anna’s Pumpkin Protein Pancakes:
Kara at Blondie Bakes and Bikes cooked up these vegan Cinnamon Spice Pancakes and they look and sound ammmaaaazzing:
Char of Char’s Kitchen made my favourite muffin flavour ever into pancakes with this delicious Blueberry Muffin Pancake recipe (that can be gluten-free!):
Katie at Chocolate-Covered Katie made some beautiful red velvet pancakes that are desperately calling to me!
I featured her healthy cinnamon rolls last month and now Kristine at Busy But Healthy has done it again with the cinnamon – this time with Cinnamon Roll Protein Pancakes. Who can resist?
Kate at A Healthy Passion converted another of my favourite baked goods into pancakes – protein pancakes, no less! Banana Bread Protein Pancakes, to be exact .
Missy at Pink Pistachio has your favourite Gluten-free Pancakes with Apple Compote ready to serve – that apple compote is making me drool just thinking about it…!
The lovely sisters at Naturally Sweet Recipes touched closest to my pancake favourite with this sweet French crepes:
I love the idea of Lori and Michelle’s Almond Butter and Jelly Pancakes over at Pure2Raw - awesome idea to make a sandwich into pancakes!
- Which of these recipes has you drooling??
- Do you celebrate Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day?