For those who celebrate Lent, Shrove Tuesday is a pretty important day because it is the last day before Lent, traditionally a period of fasting. The day is also known as Pancake day, because foods like milk, eggs and butter needed to be used up before Lent began and pancakes were a great way to do just that. And a day celebrating pancakes is something that everyone can get behind, regardless of religion. IHOP is even giving away free pancakes this morning in acknowledgment of the day!
But even if pancakes elsewhere are free, I still like to make my own. The pancakes pictured above are my Brown Sugar Pancakes with Brown Sugar Maple Syrup. Other good pancake options include:
- Coffee Cake pancakes, laden with streusel topping
- Banana Pancakes, inspired by a Jack Johnson Song
- Chocolate Chip Pancakes, a childhood favorite!
- Dutch Babies, skillet-sized, oven-baked pancakes
- Crepes, ready to be filled with jam. Gluten free rice flour crepes are an alternative
- Classic Pancakes, silver-dollar sized
- Aebleskiver, a dutch specialty pancake
Don’t forget that maple syrup is a must-have ingredient for enjoying pancakes and nothing can compare to the real thing. And if you want to spice up plain pancakes, you can always add in some fruit to take advantage of whatever you might have in the kitchen.