Thursday, March 10, 2011

I Feel Cheated Somehow........

photo courtesy of Google

I was visiting Liz at Shortbread & Ginger and read her post about "Pancake Day".
I have been a practicing Christian Protestant all my life.... attending Sunday School as a child, teaching Sunday School as an adult, singing in the choir, served on committees, etc...
I'm sorry to say that at NO time do I ever recall any mention of the tradition of Pancake Day.....the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday!
So, of course......
I had to do some investigating and found lots of info here at Wikipedia see Shrove Tuesday and scroll down to the Traditions section.
I LOVE pancakes HOT off the griddle with lots of butter and warm syrup and occasionaly layered with applesauce inbetween!!
Although it may not be completely appropriate for Shrove Tuesday as I feel these are a bit more "gourmet", I would like to share my recipe for....

Banana Wheat Pancakes
1 cup wheat flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 Tablespoon granulated white sugar
Sift together the above dry ingredients.
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 egg, fork beaten
1 cup milk or just a bit more if you find the batter too thick
Stir together the above wet ingredients in seperate bowl,
then whisk together with dry ingredients.
2 - 3 bananas, coarsely mashed
Fold banana into batter.
Ladle onto med-hot griddle, which was previously wiped with a buttered paper towel. When bubbles appear and cakes look dry around the edges, turn with slotted metal spatula. Remove when underside is golden.
Serving suggestion: Garnish with whipped cream, sliced banana, chopped pecans and ,of course, warm syrup....not that store-bought flavorless kind, rather.......

My Grandma's Homemade Pancake Syrup
makes approx. 1 cup syrup

1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 - 2 Tablespoons butter
Bring to a rolling boil and continue with a slightly gentler rolling boil for 1 - 2 minutes. Cooking too long will result in a sticky, stringy syrup. Remove from heat and ladle onto pancakes. Also works fine to make it in the microwave.
Note: If you're having blueberry pancakes, an accompanying syrup can be made by substituting juice from unsweetened canned blueberries for some of the water.


  1. Yummmmy. Sounds delish. I will have to try these. Thank you.

  2. Thanks for mentioning me - isn't blogland great for finding out new things! I love your syrup recipe - will give it a try soon!

  3. Yum--I'm going to try your cakes real soon--doing the grocery thing today so have your recipe on-hand! Thank you for sharing.

  4. hello there!
    I was just sitting catching up on my blog, sipping a glass of wine (7pm here) before starting to cook dinner...and your face appeared on the followers list while I was watching it!
    How lovely to "meet" you.

    So, I came over to say thanks for following.

    I'm glad you like our Pancake Day, and looking at your previous post made me a little sad...each year we visit my cousins who have moved from California to South Carolina (long story don't ask!) and we always stop by at the Wholefoods store because I just LOVE it- so totally fabulous and fresh and gorgeous food.

    This year money is a bit tight so we shan't be able to visit, and looking at your post reminded me of shopping with Mary, and discussing the different types of food and what we'd cook together.

    Have a lovely weekend, and hope to chat again

  5. Oh I LOVE this! I Never think to make my own...Thank you SO much for stopping by my cooking blog! I haven't posted over there in SO Long I'd almost forgotten the blog was there!Hahaaa....I post recipes there for my daughter and grankids. Family favorites so if I'm no longer around, they can get online and see how Mom or Gamma would have made something.
    Now I have several more recipes to get posted there and you've been a Great reminder!
    Thanks Jean!!


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