karohemd: (Chef)
It's Pancake Day in the UK but I'm not a huge fan and always preferred the thicker, fluffier version called Kaiserschmarrn (Wikipedia has a few theories as to the origins of the dish).
There are of course as many recipes as there are families for this dish but the below works best for me. Good quality free range eggs are essential, not just for ethical reasons but also for the colour.

Kaiserschmarrn with home made icing sugar

Ingredients: (1 person as main for dinner, 3 for dessert)
Eggs (3 large, 4 medium or 5 small)
plain flour
caster sugar
icing sugar
raisins or similar (optional: soaked in rum or whisky)

Separate the eggs, whisk the yolks with ca. 3tbsp of sugar, add about two parts milk and then about 3 or 5 tbsp of sifted flour (whisk in the flour one by one until it's the consistency of double cream). Beat the egg whites with a small pinch of salt to stiff peaks. Let the batter rest/expand for about 20 minutes then fold in the beaten egg whites until incorporated.
Heat a large, thick bottomed frying pan (cast iron is ideal), melt enough butter to generously cover the bottom, pour in the batter. Turn the heat down to medium after about a minute. When the underside starts to brown, chuck in a handful of raisins into the still liquid batter. Cook until just set on top or the bottom is dark brown and turn the pancake over. Let brown for a bit then break up into bitesized pieces with your spatula, turn the heat down to low and continue frying for about five minutes or until cooked through. Plate generous portions and dust with icing sugar.
Instead of turning over the pancake, you can also put the pan onto the top shelf of a hot oven (top heating element/grill only) and cook the upper side that way.
Serve with apple sauce or other fruit compote/preserve and possibly some ice cream. :o)
karohemd: Gentoo penguins in Antarctica, by me (Hungry)
So the idea of Pancake Day is to get rid of all the "forbidden" ingredients you might still have before Lent starts.
Interestingly, here these include eggs while in Germany not. The tradiotional baked goods for Shrove Tuesday are Krapfen a bit like doughnuts (fluffy yeast dough without eggs) but the closest I've had anywhere else were beignets in New Orleans. How they are prepared (dusted/iced, filled/unfilled, shape) etc. varies from region to region and even from family to family.

So the question is, are the rules of Lent different here and on the continent?

Oh, and a question for the pancake makers among you: What's your preferred fat to cook pancakes in? Mine is clarified butter

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