Thursday, February 7, 2013

Celebrate Mardi Gras with a Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday, February 12, 2012

Host your own Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper - Jazz music, fellowship, and your own beginning of the Lent season, celebrated by serving gourmet pancakes!
Known around the world as “Pancake Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras;” Shove Tuesday is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of fasting and prayer called Lent. It is customary among many religions to eat pancakes on the day preceding Lent because that was a way to use up rich foodstuffs such as eggs, milk, and sugar before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent.
The name came from the word ‘shrive’ which means to hear confess. It was a tradition in earlier times for people to confess their sins on Shrove Tuesday so as to prepare for the penitential season of turning to God. Shrove Tuesday was noted in histories dating back to 1000 AD. The popular celebratory aspect of the day was associated with releasing high spirits before the somber season of Lent and is akin to the continuing Carnival tradition associated with Mardi Gras.

In the United States, the term Shrove Tuesday is less widely known outside of people who observe the liturgical traditions of the Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, and Catholic churches.  It is also a day of celebration to mark the beginning of the carnival parade season, ushered in by women and young girls. The celebration also includes carnivals and colorful parades where the people wear elaborate and flamboyant masks and costume, and dance.
 Gourmet Pancakes
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk
4 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 beaten eggs
Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, whisk, set aside. Combine the wet ingredients in a second bowl, whisk. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk until just combined. Fry in a pan with butter/oil mixture. Top with maple syrup. Don't skimp on the ingredients – use real the real stuff including maple syrup.

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