It’s Shrove Tuesday a.k.a Pancake day!
With Easter now well on its way, those hot cross buns that have been in the shops since Boxing Day are starting to get a bit more legitimacy.
Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday was the last day of indulgence before moving into the 40-day Lenten fasting period prior to Easter Saturday (which starts on Ash Wednesday tomorrow). Making pancakes was a way to use up fats, eggs and milky foods that were not consumed during this period.
I have seen the recipe for 2-ingedient pancakes floating around for a while now, but have never made them. All you need is one egg and one banana blended together to make the batter, and then they are cooked like you would normal pancakes. Although I had seen so many success stories, I have to admit I was still a little amazed at how well they worked. Admittedly, I cheated and added 1/2 tsp of baking power to make them a bit fluffier. But they would have tasted just as good if I hadn’t. They didn’t even taste eggy, which was the biggest surprise.
This is definitely an easy breakfast that I will make again. Add a few toppings and you are done. You could even add peanut butter, cinnamon or blueberries to the batter if you were wanting to mix things up.
Although nowadays, fasting during Lent tends to be used less as a time of reflection and more as a time to start a diet on religious grounds, I for one am so happy the tradition of making pancakes on Shrove Tuesday lives on.