Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Recipe: sourdough pancakes

Today is Shrove Tuesday - pancake day.  I had sourdough discard that just cried out for pancakes.

Yes, it does, I can hear it!  :-)
(apf means already paid for)

Ingredients to make enough for two people at current prices (that's three pancakes each)
half an egg (I shall make my shoestring carbonara tomorrow to use up the rest of the egg) - 7p
20 to 30g sourdough starter - goodness only knows - a guesstimate of 2p
60mls milk - apf (but would be just under 5p as most)
35g plain flour - 1p
pinch salt - neg
butter or oil for frying - apf for me and it depends how much you use - just don't forget to cost it if you're pricing out your meals

Start the day before or at least four hours before you want to cook the pancakes.
Whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl, cover and pop in the fridge overnight or for at least four hours.

Wen you're ready to cook, give the mixture a stir.  It should spell a bit yeasty and have bubbles.
Make the pancakes as you would any pancake.
Butter or oil the pan (I used spray oil) and when it is hot ladle in some batter, swirl it around in the pan to spread it.  It should be ready to flip in about 30 seconds - check the underneath if you are not sure.  Flip over and cook for another 30 seconds or maybe a little less.

Stack them in a warm place or eat them straight away while you are cooking the next one.  I added an orange (juice and segments), a bit of sugar and some natural yogurt and they were SO good!

The other three pancakes are now wrapped and in the freezer.  I could go sweet or savoury with them.

Shrove Tuesday (also known in Commonwealth countries as Pancake Tuesday or Pancake day) is the day in February or March immediately preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes. In others, especially those where it is called Mardi Gras or some translation thereof, this is a carnival day, and also the last day of "fat eating" or "gorging" before the fasting period of Lent.
This moveable feast is determined by Easter. The expression "Shrove Tuesday" comes from the word shrive, meaning "absolve". Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christians, including AnglicansLutheransMethodists and Roman Catholics, who "make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God's help in dealing with."
(Taken from Wikipedia)

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