Happy Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day or Fat Tuesday – call it whatever. Just eat pancakes! They’ve been doing it since the Middle Ages, when people gave up butter, eggs and fat for Lenten.
Being Protestants, we never really celebrated Lent like my Catholic neighbors.
But we ate pancakes for supper just as often as for breakfast – with smoked fat country sausage and runny-yolk eggs.
My Aunt Johnny (Lowery) made the best pancakes I ever ate. No recipe – just get in there and do it!
Here’s an approximation of her recipe. Make some tonight!
Aunt Johnny’s pancakes
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups buttermilk
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil (or melted butter)
Be ready to heat a lightly oiled griddle or skillet over medium high heat. Test by dropping a few droplets of water on it and they will dance.
Just before serving, in a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in just until combined (do not beat!) the buttermilk, milk, eggs and oil. Lumps are OK.
Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/2 cup for each pancake. Let the first side cook until bubbles form almost to the middle before turning. Flip, and cook second side; serve hot. (To keep a stack warm for others, heat oven to 250 degrees; lay pancakes on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or foil and keep warm until all are complete.)
Makes 6 pancakes.