Happy Mardi Gras! And Happy Pancake Day! Now, as of yesterday, I had never even heard of Pancake Day, the English cousin to America’s Mardi Gras.
David: “Oh yes! Pancake Day! You run around with your pancake at school! Run run run, flip your pancake, run back. I was quite good at that, you know.”
Kate: “Wait wait wait- You run around with your pancake?!”
David: “Yeah! For the pancake race!”
Kate: “You have a pancake race!? But why?!”
Apparently the tradition started when a woman was so distracted making pancakes that she forgot about the service for Shrove Tuesday until she heard the church bells ring at 11am. So she ran out of the house while still carrying her frying pan and pancake! (Or so says wikipedia haha. And if it’s on wikipedia, it must be true.)
So tonight, I’ll be making these fancy pancakes in celebration! (And maybe some gumbo or shrimp and grits tomorrow. Make way for new traditions!)
Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes
yields 8-10 pancakes
What you’ll need:
1 egg, 1 cup flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 lemon (zest and about 1 teaspoon juice), 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 cup buttermilk, 2 tablespoons melted butter, 1/2 cup blueberries
Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, melted butter and lemon juice. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir until just combined, then gently fold in blueberries.
On the stove, skillet over medium heat and coat with cooking spray. Add spoonfuls of batter to the pan: 1 tbsp for “silver dollars,” 2 tbsp for standard size pancakes. Let sit until top begins to bubble and burst (usually about 1 1/2 -2 min). Gently flip and allow to cook through, about 1 min more. Place cooked pancakes on a baking sheet to keep warm in the oven until ready to serve.
These little beauties are quite tasty with just a dusting of powdered sugar, but are really great with a dollop of lemon curd or blueberry preserves. Of course, you can’t go wrong with maple syrup or golden syrup! Substitute raspberries for a tangy/tart variation!
Whatever traditions you choose to celebrate today, I hope you have fun! I’m excited to try something new!