It's what you've been waiting for all year, right? PANCAKE WEEK!!!
I'm not just making this up for fun. It really is Pancake Week. Sources are a bit fuzzy on the origin (Russia? General Middle Ages Europe?) but it's a Christian thing. Kind of. In former times it was common practice to prepare for the austerity of Lent by purging the pantry of luxurious foods such as eggs, butter and milk. These ingredients often became big batches of pancakes. To this day, many communities around the world feast on pancakes all the way through Shrove Tuesday - also known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras - before the "season of moderation" begins on Ash Wednesday. In fact, another name for Fat Tuesday is Pancake Day. And if it can be a day, it can be a week!
It's a tradition here on the VGP to post a different pancake recipe each day during Pancake Week. Each one I've tried, each one my family has eaten and approved. We'll go Tuesday to Monday, starting tomorrow, and I think you'll be pleased with the bounty. After Christmas and Birthday Week it's really the best week of the year.
In case you haven't been following The VGP for two years, here are the pancakes from 2009 and 2010 (asterisks indicate my VERY FAVORITES!)
Buttermilk-Banana Pancakes with Pomegranate Syrup
Apple Pancakes with Cinnamon Syrup
Double Coconut Pancakes with Vanilla-Pear Sauce*
Multigrain Pancakes with Buttermilk Syrup
Gingerbread Pancakes with Bananas and Whipped Cream
Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes with Cranberry Citrus Sauce*
Two Different Pecan Pancakes with Butter Pecan Syrup
Strawberry Pancake Roll-ups
Ebelskivers with Spiced Apple Filling (I just got an Ebelskiver pan for my birthday so watch for more of those coming this year!)
Lemony Blueberry Pancakes*
Banana Macadamia Pancakes with Orange Butter*
Silver Dollar Pear Pancakes
Pretzel Pancakes with White Chocolate and Caramel Sauces
Peach-Blueberry Popover Pancake
So go try some of those or wait for tomorrow and live it up with me - it's only Pancake Week once a year!