Shrove Tuesday; children around
the world get to enjoy pancakes for pudding at school or as a treat when they
get home. My mother would always have pancakes ready for us when we got home and I try to do the same for my children.
I usually cook pancakes or waffles for breakfast on a Saturday morning but I held
off last weekend and promised the children pancakes for supper today. It always surprises me to see pancake mix on the shelves of
the supermarkets in the UK. They are the
simplest things in the world to make and when I read the instructions on the
side of the ‘ready made’ mixes they usually say ‘just add milk and an egg’. Since the basic ingredients are milk, egg,
flour and baking powder I am at a loss as to what people think that they are
buying. I did once buy a packet to see
whether it had a special ‘ingredient x’ that made the pancakes taste superior
to my own but I was underwhelmed.
I never measure my pancake mix, I just add the basic
ingredients by judgment and mix them up – more milk for crepe’s and a thicker mix
with a little more baking powder for American style pancakes. If I want a richer taste I might add an
American cup measure of yogurt or ricotta.
Sometimes I use a cup of sourdough starter instead of baking
powder. I always fry my pancakes in butter, it gives a much nicer taste than oil.
|Melt the butter while preparing the mix. The pan has to be very hot. |
|Brown and ready to eat.|
When I was a little girl my
mother would sometimes add sugar and apples to the mix. She fried the pancakes in a beautifully heavy,
thick bottomed, cast iron pan. This was
never washed in soap but always oiled and layered in kitchen paper before being
put in the cupboard. It is a thing of
beauty and I truly covet it. I thought
about taking it home with me when she died, it traveled round the world with her but sadly it is too heavy to bring
abroad on our limited baggage allowance. I have left it with my father for now, I use it sometimes when I visit him and it
always brings me fond memories.
|My beautiful Uzbek Pancake Serving Dish|
This year I have been able to start a tradition for my own family. Uzbek pottery is beautiful stoneware decorated in colourful patterns making it a feast for the eyes. We know a potter who comes to Astana a few times a year. Sukrob brings plates directly from his own workshop and is able to fulfil individual requests. My Christmas present last year was a full dinner service that my wonderful husband ordered for me. He also bought me a pancake server. This is actually a ‘plov’ dish, designed to keep rice warm but it works wonderfully for pancakes or just about anything else. I look forward to the day when I can cook my Shrove Tuesday pancakes on my mother’s frying pan and serve them to my family in my plov dish. I wonder what my daughter will add to the pan and the dish when she passes them on to her children.
|Pancakes in their dish.|
|All rolled up and ready to eat.|
This makes my mouth water!ReplyDelete
Thanks! Hope you enjoyed your Shrove Tuesday Pancakes.Delete
it looks nice love itReplyDelete
Hello! I realize you're no longer in Astana but do you know how to get in touch with Sukrob to order pottery? I live in Astana and bought some Uzbek pottery in Almaty the other week but I would love to pick up more for Christmas gifts!ReplyDelete
Thanks for any help you can offer!
Hi Rebecca - Sukhrob visits a few times a year and always has a stand at Haileybury School - the AIC send out the details close to the time of his visits. If you want pottery but are not able to wait for him to visit the gift shop in the pyramid often carries a very good selection. The ladies who run it are very friendly. Enjoy Astana.Delete