So today I have been tasked with making a lot of batter for an excited group of 6 to 8 year old beavers to make pancakes. No doubt there will be lots of hilarity, seeing who can toss theirs the highest (and still catch it), lots of sugar, lemon, chocolate will be smothered on the pancake, which by this stage merely becomes the vehicle to get as much sweet stuff as possible into said child’s mouth – or is that just my children?!
Shrove Tuesday started out life, as do so many of our traditions, with deep seated religious origins. Tuesday 28th February (this year) marks the last day before the 40 day period of Lent, where people would traditionally fast, confess all their sins and look for spiritual growth. Shrove Tuesday was the opportunity to eat all the butter, sugar and eggs before they were forbidden during the period of Lent. For some these traditions continue but for many it is now just an excuse (or reason) to eat pancakes!
Buckinghamshire does hold quite a claim to fame in the whole history of pancakes. Pancake Races are held across the country but folklore tells us that this originated in the town of Olney in Buckinghamshire in 1445. Apparently a housewife lost track of time whilst making pancakes (easy to do) and the next thing she knew, the church bells were ringing so she had to race to the church so as to not be late. She did this with her frying pan in hand, tossing the pancake so it didn’t burn, and made it to the church on time! I’ve no idea if this is true or not, but it’s a great story! My children probably think I was alive then so should know! The pancake race in Olney continues to this day: if you want to take part on Tuesday you will have to dress in an apron and headscarf (including for the men) and toss your pancake over the 415 yard course.
Quite frankly, I’m not sure you need an excuse to eat pancakes but if you do, then this is the one. We have all the perfect ingredients for really rather superior pancakes. This is our fail safe recipe.
- 100g Wessex Mill Plain Flour
- 2 Large Dinton Farm Eggs
- 300ml Lacey’s Farm Milk
- A pinch of salt
- Lashings of Pure Maple Syrup.
We sell bottles of Pure Canadian Maple Syrup (one of the only imported products in our shop) that are not diluted with corn syrup or cane sugar so you are getting just pure Maple Syrup. It really is delightful. This Maple Syrup not only won 3 stars at the Great Taste Awards last year but was also named in the top 50 foods. Believe me, that is a real achievement and is testament to the amazing quality of this Maple Syrup. Unless you have tried Pure Maple Syrup before you won’t know how different this is to some of the more commercial brands you can find. Please give it a try and let us know what you think.
We look forward to seeing you soon,
Jim, Helen and the team x