“Bacon pancakes, makin’ bacon pancakes, Take some bacon and I’ll put it in a pancake, Bacon pancakes, that’s what it’s gonna make, Bacon pancake!”
Adventure Time – according to Wikipedia, between 2 and 3 million people tune in per week in the USA. Another source claims that Adventure Time is the ‘hottest tween brand’ in Australia. My tween boys have jumped on the bandwagon, and when they started singing the ‘bacon pancakes’ song, I figured I could try and make something positive from it.
Shrove Tuesday is a big deal in Australia, and many churches and charities use it as a fundraising event selling pancakes on the streets outside their buildings. It has its recent origins in Lent, where good Christians pray and fast for 40 days, and for over 1,000 years, they have enjoyed Shrove Tuesday on the day before Lent. A day where you ‘shrive’ or self-examine your sins (fun stuff) and also a day when you indulge your body by eating all the food in the house that you can’t eat during Lent. A last ditch gluttony before fasting. In France, this day was called “Fat Tuesday” as you used up all your fatty foods so they didn’t spoil over Lent. Translate Fat Tuesday into French and you get “Mardi Gras” – taking the celebration to a whole new level!
If you look further back in history Shrove Tuesday is yet another pagan festival that was taken over by the Christians and made their own. Most of Europe celebrated Shrovetide over a week the start of April to encourage Spring to arrive and pancakes were made in a round shape representing the sun. Eating pancakes gave the imbibers the power, light and warmth of the sun, and the first one made was left on the windowsill as a gift to the spirits of the ancestors.
Christians altered that meaning and some say that the eggs represent creation, the flour represents the staff of life, salt represents wholesomeness and milk represents purity.
I say that almost everything is better with bacon, so I’m doing Adventure Time Bacon Pancakes for this year’s Shrove Tuesday. And with two different dipping sauces – sweet or savoury depending on what you prefer.
I made this for a weekend lunch, and it took about 30 minutes.
Adventure Time Bacon Pancakes
- Packet of pancake mix
- Olive Oil
- Grated Cheese
Savoury Dipping Sauce
- 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
- 1 tbsp Vinegar
- 1 tsp Sesame Oil
- Pinch of chilli powder
- Pinch of sugar
Sweet Dipping Sauce
Maple Syrup, liberally applied
How to prepare
Finely slice some bacon and fry it in a pan until brown. Remove from the pan and put on a plate next to the stove.
Follow the instructions on the pancake mix packet, adding water to the right level and shaking the whole thing. The kids really enjoy this part, and it also is a fun little workout if you put on some loud music and dance while shaking the bottle.
How to cook
Heat up a saucepan with a nice flat base. Put in a spoon of butter and a dash of olive oil. You’ll need to pre-heat the pan, but keep it on a low heat to ensure you get nice brown pancakes that cook all the way through. Add some pancake mixture to the pan, then sprinkle some bacon and grated cheese on the top. When the base is brown, flip the pancake (which puts the bacon and cheese on the bottom) and cook through. Place on a plate to serve.
If you want a fruity side, slice green-ish bananas in half lengthwise and fry them.
How to serve
For the savoury dipping sauce, place all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and mix until the sugar is dissolved. When you serve the pancakes, the dipping sauce can be dribbled over them. Or cover with a liberal amount of maple syrup for sweet pancakes.
While eating, No3 said “What is your middle name, Mum?” I said “It’s the same as Grandma Kathy’s name.” And he replied “So it’s Grandma?”
Yes, that’s right kid, my name is Renee Grandma… Maybe one day, but not yet.