Today is Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day, the day that the fat and eggs were used before the season of lent when they were not allowed to be consumed.

Here are some yummy recipes for pancakes:

Chunky Monkey Pancakes received rave reviews on Allrecipes, because of the banana chunks and chocolate chips.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large banana, diced
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • cooking spray

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Set bowl aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together the skim milk, melted butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and stir in the wet ingredients, being careful not to over mix the batter. Gently fold in the banana, chocolate chips, and nuts.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.

If the hubby is giving up beer for lent, try Beer Pancakes to use up the last of the brewsky. The reviews were mixed but it seems that most liked it with flavored beer.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup beer
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Pour in the egg, beer and melted butter; stir with a whisk just until blended – a few lumps are okay.
  2. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat. Coat with vegetable oil or cooking spray. Spoon about 1/4 cup of batter onto the hot surface for each pancake. When bubbles appear on top of the pancakes, flip, and cook until browned on the other side.

The pancakes I think I will be making this evening are called Piggy Pancakes and are done with Bisquick. Yes I am taking the easy way out.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups Original Bisquick® mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • Fresh blueberries, chocolate chips or raisins

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat griddle or skillet over medium-high heat or to 375 degrees F. In medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix, milk and eggs until blended.
  2. Lightly oil griddle. For each pig face, pour slightly less than 1/4 cup batter onto hot oiled griddle. Pour scant tablespoonful batter onto griddle for snout and another scant tablespoonful for ears.
  3. Cook pancakes until edges are dry. Turn; cook until golden.
  4. To serve, place large pancakes on individual serving plates. Place 1 small pancake in center of each face for snout; poke 2 holes for nostrils with end of handle of wooden spoon. Cut second small pancake in half for ears; place at top of face. Use blueberries for eyes.

If you are a Christian, tonight is a great time to discuss with your children sacrificing something they love as a symbol of Christ’s sacrifice for us. Some “fast” types of food, video games, television, or something else of importance. Beginning tomorrow on Ash Wednesday, you and your children can “fast” something of importance such as a certain type of food, television, video games, or television. Make sure they know homework does not count.

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