Shrove Tuesday and the glories of Nutella

Today is Shrove Tuesday and here in the UK, it is also known as Pancake Day. The tradition behind pancake day is that people would use up all their rich and perishable ingredients before lent starts. As well as eating pancakes different areas of the country have different tradtions. Some have pancake races, but here in Derbyshire we have Shrovetide Football that is played in Ashbourne. I’ve never been to Ashbourne to see the match, but judging by the footage on the local news tonight it looks a bit scary for me. I’ll stick to the tradition of eating pancakes, thanks!

I love pancakes, but oddly I only seem to eat them on Pancake Day. You can eat them plain and simple with a bit if sugar and lemon juice or be more extravagant. Personally I like, no love, Nutella. I could gladly eat spoonfuls of it straight from the jar and my University finals were fueled by Nutella slathered on rich tea biscuits. It has to be Nutella though, no other chocolate spread has the same taste. I have to admit I did make a marmalade & whisky sauce to go with one of the pancakes, I was thinking crepe suzette style without flambeing (flambeing and low cottage celings don’t mix!) but I still preferred the Nutella pancake.

After throughly overeating on pancakes I’m off to flick through The Taste of Britain, Kitchen Diaries which arrived today.

Makes 6-8

115g (4oz) plain flour
300ml (1/2 pt) milk
pinch of salt
1 egg

1) Sift flour and salt into a bowl. Crack egg into well then gradually whisk in milk. Beat until smooth. Refrigerate batter for 1 hour.

2) Heat non-stick frying pan to med-hot. Pour a ladle of batter into the frying pan, enough to cover the bottom of the pan. As bubbles begin to appear under the batter flip the pancake over.

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