Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Happy Pancake Day

Ricotta and Lemon Curd Pancakes with Raspberries

Today marks the preceding day of Lent.  Traditionally known as Pancake Day, its history dates back to more than 500 years ago.  Pancakes were a way to use up rich foodstuffs such as eggs, milk and sugar before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent. 

Here is a little slice of history:

"A woman engrossed in using up cooking fats (forbidden during Lent) was making pancakes. Hearing the church bells ring calling everyone to the shriving service, she grabbed her head scarf (required in church) and ran to the church, skillet and pancake in hand and still apron-clad. In following years, neighbours got into the act and it became a race to see who could reach the church first and collect a "Kiss of Peace" from the verger (bell-ringer.) The kiss is still the traditional prize in both races".

For the last 60 years there has been a friendly competition involving women running down the streets of little villages flipping pancakes.  We have made these delicious Ricotta and Lemon Curd Pancakes to embrace the day. 

We have also used crimson raspberries to commemorate those lost in the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, love to you all.

We recommend you make these for your next brunch or even as a quick dessert! 
The recipe can be found under our 'recipes' tab.


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