In much of the rest of the English-speaking world, today is more Pancake Day than Mardis Gras. Break out the flat pans and mixing bowls and get ready to enjoy breakfast for dinner. Photo by love♡janine.
The Atlantic has two great recipes for traditional English cakes and spiced ricotta and orange pancakes with warm chocolate sauce (along with a keen essay on pancakes in British life). At our own site, we've looked at an Instructables tutorial on making fancy-shaped flapjacks using a zipper-lock bag, as well as a tip on using a squeeze bottle for perfect pancakes.
As for the batter, if you're not going the English, spiced ricotta, or Bisquick routes, food writer Michael Ruhlman dropped in last year with some ratio-based knowledge on making pancakes with your own pantry supplies:
2 parts flour and liquid, 1 part egg and butter. That will give you a perfect muffin or, baked in a loaf pan, a quickbread. ... (But) if you season the batter with a little sugar and vanilla and pour it on a griddle, you have perfect pancakes.
Got your own awesome pancake plans for the last day before Lent? Do tell in the comments.
Your Mardi Gras, My Pancake Day [The Atlantic Food Channel]