Shrove Tuesday

8 Mar

Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday (and the first day of Lent).  It is also called Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday.  All these names come from essentially the same practice of using up all your perishable and luxury ingredients (like milk, eggs, and oil) before you were required to abstain from them for the 40 days of Lent.  Pancakes became a popular choice of food to eat because it used all those things in one go.

As one member of our Bible Study this morning pointed out though, you could always make an omelette!

Often this last day of feasting would turn into a celebration or “carnival” which is where Mardi Gras came from, as well as similar festivals throughout the world.

Even if you don’t observe Lent, you can still indulge in some pancakes today, and I am here to reveal my totally awesome, best-ever, protein-packed pancakes.  You will never go back to boxed mixes again.

Side note:  I bought a box of gluten-free pancake mix especially for today and spruced it up with blueberries.  They were edible, but not great.  When I asked Bruce about them though, he pronounced them “not bad”!  I think I am so spoiled with my own pancake recipe that I forgot what regular pancakes taste like!

Julie’s Pancakes*

In a blender, combine:

5 eggs

1 C cottage cheese

1/2 C flour (whole wheat or white)

2 T oil

2 T milk

Blend until smooth and pour onto a heated griddle or frying pan.  Flip when bubbles form.  They will be slightly runny and resemble a thick crepe.


Notes:  Even if you are using a non-stick pan, spray cooking spray over the surface the first time to prevent sticking.  Will yield around a dozen regular sized pancakes.  The extra batter can be refrigerated for 1-2 days and re-blended before use.  If you plan to do this though, I don’t suggest using the whole wheat flour as it gets gelatinous when it sits for too long.

* Original, unmodified recipe can be found in the cookbook, Company’s Coming: Breakfast and Brunch


7 Responses to “Shrove Tuesday”

  1. Jennifer March 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    Hi Julie – your mom was telling me about your struggles feeding your youngest. This is the recipe we use at our house for pancakes
    They’re gluten free.

  2. lauren March 8, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    I have some gf pancake stuff if you want to try it. They are good – can’t tell the difference. prob not as good as yours though!

  3. amanda March 8, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    Just made the Irresistibles brand from Metro/Food Basics. They were actually pretty good. Rob even had a second helping…because he didn’t want more back bacon. Ummm, okay, if he says so. 😉

  4. Elaine March 8, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    I actually made these pancakes today (with blueberries no less) but not because I knew or remembered that it was shrove tuesday. Ethan’s special request.

  5. bononers March 8, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

    i actually remember you serving me these pancakes last summer and i loved them! so thankful for the recipe!

  6. Natalie March 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

    Your pancakes ARE the best…and I thought it was a secret recipe. Yep, they are too good to keep to yourself considering Lent, etc. 🙂 Thanks!

  7. erin March 9, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    hey julie! my step-dad is gluten-intolerant. he loves the pancake mix, but he uses gingerale instead of water or milk to mix it. they are fantastic that way! i know it sounds weird, but it’s amazing!

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