Shrove Tuesday!

John H gives some historical background here.

This evening I plan to have two pancake-making sessions. On Sunday we had a dry run and made a number of wonderful sauces (apple and cinnamon, sticky toffee, brandy and sugar butter, in addition to the regular toppings of lemon and sugar and syrup; we also had my housemate John’s homemade Crunchie bar icecream as a topping). This evening I will probably try making a pineapple sauce topping and a chocolate sauce topping. Right now I will use Shrove Tuesday as an excuse to post one of my favourite Youtube videos.

About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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5 Responses to Shrove Tuesday!

  1. Elbert says:


    You should try butter with icing sugar if you haven’t as yet. You can also ‘go sweet’n savory’: bake some bacon before adding the batter (’embedding’ the bacon, probably you can just add bacon as topping instead if you like) and combine with syrup (the dutch one if you have access to it). That is definitely my favorite, and very ‘stuffing’ as well.
    Instead of apple (or any fruit) sauce, you can also grate the apple and mix it with the batter. I often add cinnamon too it that way as well.

    Final tip: a bowl of batter is always annoying, because you need an extra ladle and all the dripping and spilling. I now use an empty water or milk bottle to pour the batter in after I made it, so you can just pour it into the pan.


  2. Al says:

    Dank u!

    I already follow your approach on the batter front. It makes a lot more sense, IMHO.

  3. garver says:

    We’ll be having blueberry-lemon and apple-pie pancakes for supper tonight, both with maple syrup. And some bacon on the side.

    What is a “lemon topping” like? That’s not something I’ve run into here in the States.

  4. John H says:

    Garver: you simply sprinkle lemon juice and sugar on the pancake, roll it up and eat. Yum. The classic way to eat a pancake.

  5. Al says:

    It is almost the simplest topping of all, but it is absolutely delicious. Highly recommended.

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