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Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday

The Tradition Explained!

Eating pancakes is an old Catholic tradition that came from the simple fact that in the Middle Ages during Lent, eggs, sugar, and butter were not allowed. What else is one to do than make pancakes? In addition to this, most people were already clearing out their pantry of perishable dairy foods and meats so it just makes sense to cook a big ol' breakfast for dinner, keeps things interesting. I have two pancake recipes, one I use during the holidays that has pumpkin in it, and the other is a recipe that I use for pancakes & waffles! These are seriously the best, and not just because they are mine, but because they make deliciously fluffy pancakes.

Did You Know?

Around 604AD, Pope St. Gregory wrote to St. Augustine of Canterbury saying, "we must abstain from flesh, meat, and from all things that come from flesh, as milk, cheese, and eggs." These fasting rules governed the Church for many years and thus became the creative way of emptying the refrigerator with pancakes for Shrove Tuesday.

Shrove Tuesday Prayer

Lord, give us grace to inaugurate with holy fasting the defenses of Christian warfare, so that we who are to fight against spiritual wickedness, may be helped and strengthened by self-denial.

This is an Aquila recipe that was handed down to us from my husband's family. Every Saturday morning they would wake up early and make these together along with bacon and eggs. The smell of a big breakfast and family time in the kitchen are fond memories that he has not only shared with me in story telling, but in cooking our own Saturday morning breakfasts together.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Bake Time: 10 minutes

Yields: 6 servings


  • 2 eggs, yolk and whites separated whip egg whites put aside

  • 2 cups buttermilk

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

  • 2 tsps vanilla

  • 1 3/4 cups unbleached flour

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 2 tsps baking powder

Collect all of your ingredients and let's get started!

Take the eggs and separate the yolks into a mixing bowl then set aside.

Grab the egg whites and beat them in another bowl with your hand beater until nice and fluffy.

Stage One: Bubbly but not ready yet!

Stage Two: Getting there but not foamy enough to hold a shape yet.

Stage Three: When your egg whites looks like Mount Crumpet, then you have attained thick and foamy perfection.