As we bid farewell to a cold and blustery February, many of us will greet the new month by filling our bellies with warm comfort food on March 5. What’s on the menu? Pancakes … for dinner!
Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Tuesday, is a great excuse to have a breakfast treat for dinner. Walmart’s here to help you plan your pancake game: from just the right tools and toppings to super easy preparation.
A Long-Standing Tradition
Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional day of feasting for Christians, as described on Historic UK. It is held the day before Ash Wednesday (the beginning of the forty days of Lent). In the past, families would clear out their cupboards by removing fattening foods that might tempt them during Lent (the time leading up to Easter when families following the Christian faith fast from fatty, rich foods). They would cook up and eat these foods on Shrove Tuesday.
In our house, we continue with Pancake Tuesday because there’s nothing like comfort food on a March evening.
Let’s Get Dinner Going
Whether you call them hotcakes, flapjacks or pancakes, it all starts with a good recipe. Mine comes from my mom and grandmother, out of the old family cookbook. You may have a family favourite hand-me-down recipe, too. Our family go-to (if we don’t have the ingredients to make pancakes from scratch) is pancake mix in a box. You can get plain pancake mix or go all fancy-like and get the mix with buttermilk!
When time is tight, it’s all about working smarter, not harder. This Aunt Jemima buttermilk pancake and waffle mix is so complete that all you need to do is add water.
The KISS Principle
Relax—lead singer Gene Simmons is not coming to prepare your pancakes. I’m talking Keep It Simple, Sweetie! Thanks to Walmart.ca, your shopping experience just got easier and less stressful, too. Now that you’ve got the pancakes figured out, it’s time to choose what to serve with your pancakes.
“Meat” a Few Suggestions
Time to Mix It Up a Bit
A good mixer is a must when you’re making pancakes. If your hand mixer has seen better batter days, it could be time to upgrade to a hand mixer with—get this—a retractable cord. No more elastics or trying to untangle from everything else in that appliance cupboard that you keep meaning to get to (or is that just me?).
This Oster hand mixer with retractable cord can help make food preparation (and cleanup and storage) an absolute pleasure. The handle is ergonomically designed. This lightweight mixer can be used by chefs and amateurs alike. Includes storage bag, beaters, whisks and dough hooks.
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Once you’ve prepared the pancake batter, it’s time to cook. Sure, you can use your favourite ol’ frying pan, but if you’re making a family-sized batch, you may want to get as many of these babies on the go as you can. That’s where a great griddle can come in handy. My grandmother gave us an electric griddle by Sunbeam 30+ years ago for our wedding. Every time I use it, I think of Gram.
One of the many things I love about this electric griddle is it has a removable drip tray so that your bacon grease doesn’t migrate into everything else. It features an adjustable temperature gauge and a non-stick surface designed for easy cleanup. The edges are engineered to be cool to the touch to help keep your hands safe while cooking and serving.
When it comes to preparing pancakes, you don’t have to use a griddle. Instead, you could add some colour to your cooktop with this beauty from Walmart.
This Tasty frying pan will help you cook pancakes evenly and keep them warm in the oven. This frying pan is oven safe (up to 400 degrees F) and its PFOA-free non-stick diamond-reinforced coating can help make clean up easier. The stainless steel induction base makes it suitable for all cooking surfaces. Includes a tempered glass lid with steam vent.
Everybody’s waiting at the dinner table. The butter or margarine is ready for melting over your golden glories, sweet fruit and whipped cream are at the ready. There’s just one more thing you need to top it all off. Don’t get caught trying to drain a few drops out of three separate syrup bottles you’ve got open in the fridge! Start fresh with a classic golden offering that reminds us that if Canada had a flavour, it would have to be maple.
Pancake Tuesday is almost here. So there’s no time like the present to start shopping at Walmart.ca for all your pancake dinner fixings. Mmmm …, pancakes for dinner … Rob, where’d you put Gram’s griddle?