SHROVE TUESDAY FEB.9TH 2016
Pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent.
Some interesting fact regarding Shrove Tuesday, lent and the Skellig Michael (A world Heritage Site off the coast of Kerry)
The significance of Shrove Tuesday is related to the fact that the Monks on Skellig adhered to the Julian rather than the Gregorian calendar. This meant that the Lenten season began 10 days later on Skellig than on the mainland. This had particular implications at a time, when marriages did not take place during Lent. Theoretically therefore any couple wishing to ‘tie the knot’ prior to Lent, had 10 extra days to do so by travelling to Skellig.
8oz all purpose/plain flour
1pint of milk
2 tsp melted butter plus melted butter for cooking
Method: Makes 8 pancakes
Sieve the flour into a large baking bowl, add the salt. Make a well in the centre of the flour and add the eggs and beat well until smooth and lump free.
Add half the milk and the 2 tsp of butter, beat well. Add the remaining milk and stir.
Leave the batter to rest in fridge for at least 15 minutes.
Lightly grease a pancake pan or frying pan with a little melted butter, heat until very hot and add a ladle of batter to evenly and thinly coat the base of the pan. Cook until set and lightly golden. Flip over and cook on the other side for approx 30 seconds.