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to think people who serve up American pancakes on Pancake day and crepes for breakfast should be shot?

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ethelb Tue 12-Feb-13 19:03:10

Well am I?

I have to add a disclaimer that one of my parents is American and the other English so the only time I got crepes/thin pancakes was on Shrove Tuesday and American pancakes were a frequent breakfast treat (which I really don't like).

I would be soooo disappointed (and have been in the past) to get them served at the wrong time.


LRDtheFeministDragon Wed 13-Feb-13 08:21:24

We had buckwheat blinis at the weekend and sort-of crepes last night. smile

But now you bastards have got me wanting bacon and American-style ones too. angry

<rolls self out of thread>

Always butter here, wiped over the surface with kitchen roll.

steppemum Wed 13-Feb-13 00:38:41

LARD???? Yuck

I use sunflower oil.

blonderedhead Wed 13-Feb-13 00:35:38

Erm, aren't you meant to cook pancakes in lard?

munchkinmaster Wed 13-Feb-13 00:23:22

Thanks for recipes!

steppemum Wed 13-Feb-13 00:13:27

it was - I had a thin pancake with banana, chocolate sauce and whipped cream, then folded (crepe style) in half and half again.

actually we often have pancakes with odd fillings for saturday lunch. I can whisk up a batter with my eyes closed!!! (dutch husband - pancakes are very dutch)

pumpkinsweetie Wed 13-Feb-13 00:09:06

I made American ones tonight, they were delish

DontEvenThinkAboutIt Wed 13-Feb-13 00:07:07

steppemum. That sounds like pancake heaven.

DontEvenThinkAboutIt Wed 13-Feb-13 00:04:42

I love all pancakes but Crepes are different to English pancakes. They are not as bubbly and are a bit thinner and crispier.

steppemum Tue 12-Feb-13 23:54:48

well, just to be awkward we had DUTCH pancakes, followed by crepes or English pancakes by request.

Dutch pancakes are thick with things in them like cheese and ham. So we started with thick cheese and ham pancakes.

Then we had thin pancakes (English) or crepes (very thin) depending on what people wanted.

On the table we had golden syrup, lemon juice, sugar, chocolate squeezy sauce and squirty whipped cream, with a bowl of chopped bananas, and kids just did what they wanted.

If we have them for breakfast I use jamie Oliver recipe with raising agent and grated pear and make them small and round and serve with syrup and yoghurt/sour cream

The Be-Ro cookbook is still available, I use it all the time, just google it.

We have had crepes tonight, very thin and almost see through (plain flour, milk and egg, as per Be-Ro). Made on a griddle wiped with butter and served with golden syrup or sugar and lemon. I make them thicker if we use them as a savoury.

We often make Scotch pancakes also as per Be-Ro but with the addition of a big dollop of golden syrup. They are NOTHING like crumpets!

Have tried American pancakes but not that bothered about the bacon, maple syrup idea (I don't like maple syrup), to be honest I prefer the other types.

eachtigertires Tue 12-Feb-13 23:45:05

Yabu we had both (our American guest had never made American pancakes from scratch before).

AmberSocks Tue 12-Feb-13 23:22:44

we have the thick pancakes all the time,pancake day schmancake day

ethelb Tue 12-Feb-13 23:12:03

@merci i told DP that and he was all'you mean we could havr had doughnuts?' shock

But wasnt that last Thursday in Poland?

mercibucket Tue 12-Feb-13 22:15:19

it's doughnut day today in poland

thaliablogs Tue 12-Feb-13 22:14:24

Ps that was intentional misspelling but I got the misspelling wrong - he says 'seerioup'

As you were.

thaliablogs Tue 12-Feb-13 22:13:28

I did proper shrove tuesday pancakes this morning (ie crepes). My 3 year old had a total meltdown and told me they were all wrong and where was his maple seiroup. It did not go well.

DontEvenThinkAboutIt Tue 12-Feb-13 22:07:16

Our family is completely bi-lingual when it comes to pancakes. We have lived in the US, Canada and the UK.

It is the law that you have to have thin pancakes on shrove Tuesday. You can get fined if you have the thick ones. You also have to have lemon and sugar. There is no room for compromise.

IamMummyhearmeROAR Tue 12-Feb-13 21:46:29

After a few disastrous tries to make crepes I too got the BeRo book out and made dropped scones. Utterly delicious and sweary word free

SconeRhymesWithGone Tue 12-Feb-13 21:23:49

There are plenty of American pancake recipes that do not require you to beat egg whites separately. My DH is a pancake cook extraordinaire and he does not do this. (He also has a secret ingredient.) The eggs should be beaten enough to get a fair amount of air into them, however, so that the pancakes are light and fluffly. They are indeed similar to Scotch pancakes/drop scones, but usually bigger. Americans do have smaller ones called silver dollar pancakes.

Some Americans do observe Pancake Day. It is more often a community event, such as a fundraiser for a church or other organization, though, rather than observed in the home.

Crepes are less popular; Americans eat those too, but usually have American pancakes on Pancake Day. Personally I have never met a pancake I didn't like and will eat one (or more) anywhere anytime.

skullcandy Tue 12-Feb-13 20:52:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ChunkyPickle Tue 12-Feb-13 20:51:07

The universe is out of whack at the moment - I made a whole heap of pancakes (1 egg, 2 spoons plain flour, milk to single cream consistency. Cooked 30 seconds one side, 20 the other. Thicker than crepes, but thinner than tortillas for those keeping count) this morning for breakfast AND THE FIRST ONE WAS AS GOOD AS THE OTHERS!

And, last night I made toad in the hole, and it rose beautifully, stayed up even when cool, and was totally un-soggy.

The batter gods are clearly pleased with me at the moment.

MarianMaudsley Tue 12-Feb-13 20:48:36

I made proper American style pancakes (baking powder and stiff eggwhites), with bananas, homemade toffee sauce, and vanilla ice-cream

loads better than all that crepey-wapey nonsense

HeadfirstForHalos Tue 12-Feb-13 20:47:00

American pancakes on shrove Tuesday. What can I say? It's my inner anarchist cooking!

PurpleStorm Tue 12-Feb-13 20:41:32

I'm slightly confused about when the OP thinks we're meant to be eating different pancake types.

Is it only American pancakes for breakfast and only crepes on Pancake Day that the OP wants?

FWIW, I'm already knew that American ones have a raising agent and English ones don't.

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