Today is Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day as it's known in our house. We don't need a special day to eat pancakes though, we enjoy them throughout the year, though we don't eat them as much nowadays as when Daniel and Eleanor were little. I always used to make them when they had friends over for sleepovers, it was a bit of a treat at supper time and I was always surprised when some of their friends told me that they'd never tried them before, or that they rarely had them.
Eleanor's favourite treat when we visit the German Christmas market in Leeds are mini pancakes with strawberries, drizzled in strawberry sauce. Just before Christmas, she visited the market with her boyfriend and was dismayed to find that the pancake stall wasn't there this year. This gave me a really good idea for a Christmas present, I thought I'd buy her a mini pancake pan so that she could make them herself at home. Whilst I was looking for one, I came across an electric poffertjes maker and decided to buy her that instead.
Poffertjes are Dutch pancakes but unlike the ones we make here, they have yeast added to the recipe to make them rise, though the recipe we've been using incorporates baking powder instead for speed. It makes them quite fluffy.
The poffertjes maker has fourteen small indentations for the batter.
The recipe we've been using consists of flour, baking powder, caster sugar, salt, milk, water and eggs but there's lots of variations to try out to find the one you prefer.
This was Eleanor's brunch on Sunday. She may have had second helpings but I'm not going to tell on her.
I'm sure you can imagine, this Christmas present was a huge hit. Perhaps it will be put in to use when Eleanor gets home from school tonight, it is Pancake Day afterall.