The Brighter Writer


National Pancake Day

Shrove Tuesday is a day observed by millions of Christians around the world. It's the Tuesday right before Ash Wednesday when people indulge in richer, fattier foods and celebrate in over the top ways to get ready for their 40 days of Lent. Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Carnival whatever you want to call it, it all boils down to the philosophy of "Live it up before you let it go." In Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand the day is also known as "Pancake Day" and it is as common a custom to eat pancakes just as it is in America to eat Turkey on Thanksgiving.

It's just what you do.

So in the spirit of tradition (because I'm not personally a religious person), I whipped up my own original recipe for the very best pancakes on the planet. They turned out so ridiculously delicious, I figured I'd share. After all, I haven't posted a recipe on this blog since the day after Halloween.

It's about that time.

The Ultimate Cinnamon and Buttermilk Pancakes (in the spirit of National Pancake Day)

1 cup flour
1 TBS sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 large egg
1 TBS vegetable oil
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk

In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine.

In large glass measure, add 1 1/2 cups low fat buttermilk, egg, oil, and vanilla. Whisk to combine.

Add the wet ingredients into the center of the dry and whisk to combine. If the batter seems too thick, add more buttermilk until it is pouring consistency. Set aside.

Heat griddle/skillet which has been lightly oiled with either the canola/butter mixture or sprayed with cooking spray to med-high.

When griddle/skillet is hot enough, stir the batter and pour by 1/4 cup to form pancakes. Cook until the edges begin to look dry and small bubbles form on the batter surface. Flip and cook on the other side for a minute or so, until pancake is done.

Remove to platter in warm oven, and repeat with remainder of batter.

And off the subject of pancakes, we've got an under the weather kiddo yet again. She's sick, but still smiling which warms my heart more than pancakes ever could. So send some quick recovering love our way if you think about it and Happy Mardi Gras everyone!