Saturday, March 22, 2008

Nostalgic Moment

While I was writing my posts on world Easter traditions I started to think back to my own childhood. One of my fondest memories was of Pancake Tuesday.

Pancake Tuesday may be familiar to a lot of you, however having a family from Newfoundland we have a particular tradition.
First of all, Pancake Tuesday is better known as Shrove Tuesday, the day before the beginning of Lent.

In Newfoundland we have a tradition of household objects being baked into the pancakes or placed under them. Rings, thimbles, thread, coins, and other objects all have meanings associated with them. The lucky one to find coins in their pancake will be rich, the finder of the ring will be the first married, and the finder of the thimble will be a seamstress or tailor.

It was a fun tradition in my family, even if we did not really observe lent. It was full of fond memories for me and what kid doesn't love pancakes!

Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 1/4 cups milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. For older kids, add the traditional objects to the pancakes now. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
For younger children, place the objects under their pancakes once plated.

Don't forget the maple syrup and ENJOY!

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