Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday) is upon us, and we can’t wait to dig into a big stack to celebrate. This special day falls before Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent. Pancakes are traditionally eaten on this day to use up the rich foods you aren’t supposed to eat during Lent, such as eggs and milk. In Newfoundland these pancakes are filled with trinkets that symbolize everything from who you will marry to what profession you might take up. You might even get a nail or sewing needle in your pancake – yikes! For now, we’ll just eat ours with good old maple syrup.
To be honest, we used to be more of a crepe lover before we discovered this simple Jamie Oliver recipe. These pancakes are light and fluffy, and are known as cloudcakes around our house. Don’t let the use of whipped egg whites scare you – this recipe is dead easy.
Recipe courtesy of Jamie Oliver
3 large eggs
1 scant cup flour
1 heaping tsp baking powder
½ cup plus 2 tbsps milk
- Separate the egg whites and the yolks.
- Place the yolks together with the flour, baking powder, and milk in a large bowl. Mix until combined.
- Whip the egg whites until soft peaks form.
- Fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture.
- Heat up a frying pan on medium heat. Pour some batter in and wait until the underside of the pancake is brown before flipping. When both sides are brown the pancakes are done.
If you aren’t up for making pancakes, why not check out some of our favourite restaurants serving up pancakes or crepes around the city. Here are our top three restaurants for Pancake Day:
The lemon ricotta pancakes at this Monkland Village restaurant are famous, and rightly so. This stack is served with blueberry compote and sugar bacon.
5674 Monkland Avenue, www.prohibitionmontreal.com
Restaurant Saveurs du Lac
This quaint restaurant has great pancakes and generous portions. Whenever we find ourselves in Dorval, we make sure to hit it up for our pancake cravings.
445 Lakeshore Drive, www.restaurantsaveursdulac.com
Cora has a wide variety of pancakes and crepes on the menu, and this Pancake Day the Cora Foundation will donate $1 from the sale of every pancake or crepe plate to the Breakfast Clubs of Canada. Offerings run from an omlette crepe to the spinach and cheddar item pictured.