In Germany, it’s “Rosenmontag” today (Engl: Rose Monday), the highlight of the German “Karneval” season. It’s the day when many of the big Karneval parades happen. It’s more of a thing for example in Cologne, over on the western side of the country, but even here in Berlin people have been getting dressed up celebrating for the past couple of weeks. And tomorrow? Tomorrow, nothing special happens. Unless, of course, you’re a British expat family. Then tomorrow is…Pancake Day!
In the UK, it’s hard to forget, since all the grocery stores and supermarket start advertising and selling pancake supplies weeks before. But if you’re only just remembered, then it’s not to late to head out to shops for some ingredients in time for tomorrow. How about making a plate full of mini pancakes this year?
Ingredients (makes 18-20)
- 150g buckwheat flour
- 1 sachet dry yeast
- pinch of salt
- 200ml lukewarm milk
- 2 eggs (yolks & whites separated)
- vegetable oil for drying
- Mix together the flour, yeast, salt, milk and egg yolks in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites in to stiff peaks, then fold into the mixture with a metal fork or spoon.
- Leave the mixture to rest uncovered somewhere warm for 30 minutes.
- To cook the pancakes, heat up some vegetable oil in a frying pan, and dollop in one tablespoon of mixture per pancake. Flip them over after a few minutes, until they are golden from each side. Unless you have an enormous frying pan, you’ll have to do this in batches. Also, keep a close eye on them as mini pancakes burn very quickly.
These taste great with any of your favourite pancake toppings – sugar & lemon juice, chocolate spread, jam – or why not try something a little more exotic. Here I layered some mini pancakes with slices of smoked salmon and a sauce made from creme fraiche mixed with fresh dill and seasoned with salt, pepper, a pinch of sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Tip: Make extra pancakes so that you can enjoy some for breakfast the next morning! These were the perfect size to warm up in our toaster.