Us vegans can sometimes be a bit forgotten when it comes to celebrating cultural and national holidays. Never one to miss out, especially when it comes to grub we have created this tasty and simple vegan pancake recipe for you to join in the celebrations this Shrove Tuesday!
Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, is the day that precedes Ash Wednesday which marks the start of Lent. The actual date changes every year as it’s determined by Easter. This year it’s Tuesday 5th March. The name Shrove Tuesday comes from the word “shrive” which means the absolution of sins through confession. The tradition originates from Christianity where people would try and be shriven before Lent by admitting their sins to a priest. The day became known as “Fat Tuesday” as people would try to use up all their fatty foods. Pancake Day itself came a lot later as a way of using up ingredients like eggs, milk and sugar. In the past families tried to use all the fattening foods from their cupboards so they wouldn’t be tempted to eat them during Lent.
Some argue that mixing these ingredients came from a pagan ritual but others say it’s a Christian tradition with each ingredient representing the four pillars of faith; eggs for creation, flour sustenance, salt wholesomeness and milk for purity.
Pancakes feature in cook books that date back as far as 1439 and the idea of tossing them dates nearly as far.
“And every man and Maide doe take their turne, And tosse their Pancakes up for feare they burne.”
Pasquil’s Palin, (1619).
With so much history we certainly don’t wanna miss out, not to mention the fact that pancakes are delicious! So we’ve created this simple vegan pancake recipe for you to create at home.
This recipe makes about 5 traditional English style pancakes that are crispy on the outside and spongey in the middle. If you want them to be sweeter add another tablespoon of sugar in the preparation process or keep them neutral so you can get creative with sweet and savoury fillings. This recipe is a simple one to follow at home and yields cushiony tasty results! Let us know what you think of this recipe in the comments below and tag us with the #veggievagabonds on social media!
Vegan Pancake Recipe
125 grams of plain flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of sugar
¼ teaspoon of salt
400ml of plant based milk of choice
1 tablespoon of oil
Oil for frying
1. Heat some oil in a pan on a low medium heat.
2. In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients until fully combined.
3. Add the milk a little at a time and whisk.
4. Once mixed and the oil in the pan has heated up, use a ladle to pour one ladle-ful in to the pan. Tilt the pan to ensure the mixture covers the base and then let it cook for a while.
5. Using a spacelar make sure the pancake doesn’t get stuck and after a few minutes flip the pancake, or toss if you dare!
6. Allow to crisp up on both side to your preference and repeat to use up all the mixture.
What do you love to top your pancakes with? Let us know what you think of this recipe and what creative pancakes you create in the comments below and with the #veggievagabonds on social media!
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