Shrove Tuesday, or more famously Pancake Day or Fat Tuesday, takes its name from the term “shrive”, which means “to confess” prior to Catholic Lent. Pancake Day represents the last chance at indulgence, a time to carb-load in preparation for the Lent fast, which begins on Ash Wednesday, a period of reparation when indulgences—such as rich foods like sugar, milk, and eggs—are renounced.

Enjoy a little pancake indulgence on Fat Tuesday…

1. Pancakes with Apple, Pear, and Cherry Compote

Fluffy, all-American-style hotcakes infused with vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar, plenty of melted butter, and milk make a dream-come-true breakfast in bed. Especially when they’re topped graciously with a naturally sweet stewed apple, pear, and cheeky cherry compote, creamy yogurt, and drizzled with maple syrup.


Source: BBC Good Food


2. Carrot Cake Pancakes

You don’t have to choose between a soft carrot muffin and a stack of golden flapjacks—you can have both! Made with sugar and spice and everything nice, these carrot cake pancakes are slightly orange in color and filled with the goodness of low-fat buttermilk, chopped walnuts, brown sugar, vanilla, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, whole eggs, shredded carrots, and sweet-sticky honey. Top with an extra dollop of melted butter.



3. Banana Pancakes

If you weren’t already looking forward to Pancake Day dinner—how about now? Feast your eyes on this fluffy stack of butter and milk pancakes topped with a generous dollop of crème fraiche—it is Mardi Gras, after all—and thick-sliced, golden-fried bananas.


Source: Jamie Oliver

4. Beer-Bacon (Wo)Man-Cakes

Mancakes. Womancakes. Everyone loves pancakes! This recipe pulls out the trifecta of indulgences—beer, bacon, and pancakes. Infuse your regular breakfast Bisquick with your favorite ale (instead of milk), sprinkled crispy candy-coated bacon into the batter, and sizzle until golden brown on a searing griddle. And remember, no one is too manly for maple syrup.



5. Chocolate Chip-Pretzel-Peanut Butter-Nutella Pancakes

Talk about the ultimate Fat Tuesday indulgence! There’s nothing like marking a final food hurrah before Lent with the ultimate sugar, flour, and egg creation. This short stack from heaven is made by infusing your pancake batter with the salty-sweet-fluffy-crunchy flavors of chocolate covered pretzel bits (salted, of course). Slather with a decadent sauce made with gooey peanut butter and melt-your-heart Nutella (which is a sinful chocolate-hazelnut spread). Trust me; no table syrup necessary.

choco chip peanut butter



6. Red Velvet Pancakes

No one said you had to put away the red velvet recipes after Valentine’s Day. Get out your sprinkles, your red velvet cake mix, and your favorite piping bag and tips for an out-of-this-world cream cheese frosting. These pancakes will treat the family to a genuine desert for dinner experience. Traditional pancake batter is combined red velvet cake mix for a truly indulgent chocolaty flavor.

red velvet

Source: Something Swanky

7. Quinoa Cakes with Eggplant-Tomato Ragu

It takes quite a lot of energy to resist all of those indulgences during Lent, which is why the super grain, quinoa, is the ideal base for your final food indulgence on Fat Tuesday! The hearty grain is good-for-you, but won’t take away from the crispy short stack topped with a rich, rustic tomato sauce and melted smoked mozzarella. The chunky veggie topping is a mix of cubed eggplant, diced onions and garlic, cherry tomatoes, and roasted red peppers.



8. Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

This pancake supper will beckon everyone to dinner with the irresistible waft of cinnamon swirl and pumpkin spice. They won’t be able to resist the sight and smell of bubble pumpkin pancake batter grilling on a hot skillet. Grill each side golden brown and crispy on the edges and drizzle with warm <drool> cream cheese icing.




Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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