Tuesday, February 21, 2012

P is for Pancake

Today is Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake day.  The day traditionally precedes ash Wednesday and the idea is that house wives would make pancakes in order to use up all the butter, flour, sugar, and eggs that the Church forbids them during lent.


In England, there is even a tradition of pancake races, reaching all the way back to the 12th century.   Participants race with their skillets, flipping their pancakes as they go, in honor of a house wife who legend has it was so busy making pancakes that she was late for church.  She raced to the chapel with her frying pan in her hand.

Well we aren't the type to pass up a holiday here, and certainly not a holiday focused on pancakes.  See mom is a pancake fiend.  In college when other students where stock piling beer money, mom was saving up for her Sunday pancake feast at The Original Pancake House in Auburn New York.

We say why should mom have all the fun!  Pancakes for pups sounded pretty good to us.  Usually mom tries to avoid grains in our food and its a little hard to eliminate grains from pancakes but she decided that as long as it was just a bit and if she loaded them up with some healthy fruits and veggies then pancakes would be OK.   

Thinking about Pawcakes makes Tubby's tongue do this!

Pear and Carrot Pawcakes

2 cups Arrowhead Mills Multigrain Pancake Mix 
2 pears diced
2 carrots diced
3 eggs, beaten
3/4 to 1 cup of milk.
vegetable oil

Measure the pancake mix into a large  bowl.  Using the food processor grind the pears and carrots to mushy paste and this to the pancake mix.   Stir in the eggs and then the milk.  Add enough milk to make good consistency.   Heat about 2 tbsp vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat.   Drop the batter by tablespoons into the skillet and fry about 2 min until bubbles form, then flip and cook one minute more.  Repeat with the remaining batter.  Cool and serve as a kibble topper.

Note: This makes a ton of pawcakes (remember there are five of us) so you may want to  half the recipe.

Our kibble topped of with Pawcakes

"Are they ready yet?"


The peeps got to eat to so......For the humans:

Dutch Baby (Oven Pancake)  with Strawberries

4 tbsp unsalted butter
4 eggs
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup half and half

2 tbsp melted butter
juice of 1 lemon
powdered sugar
1 pint of strawberries, sliced

Preheat oven to 425 and melt 4tbsp of butter in a cast iron skillet over low heat.   Meanwhile, combine the eggs, flour, and half and half in a blender.   Take the skillet off the heat and pour the batter in.   Put the skillet in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.

Remove from the oven and top immediately with the melted butter and lemon juice.  Serve with powdered sugar and strawberries on the side.

 Oh and Norbert update: His bloodwork was good.  My wonderful vet got it back the same day.   We will know about his urine test soon.


  1. Woof! Woof! Golden Thanks ... mom is making pancake for breakfast. Hoping to get a taste but I doubt it. Happy Tasty Tuesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  2. Those pup cakes look amazing! We live in the UK but so far I've never seen any pancake races, but perhaps I've been looking in all the wrong places! :o)

  3. This was a great post! Loved that little bit of history behind the pancakes and what an awesome Momma to make pawcakes (hee,hee) for your babies! I have always wanted to make a Dutch Baby, but never got around to it. It looks so good! And lastly, I'm glad Norberts vet visit went good. Hopefully his urine test is fine too! :)

  4. I never had heard of that! I woke up this morning actually wanting to fix pancakes as that is what we normally fix on Sunday morning. That or waffles. Anyway, dear son wasn't home on Sunday morning so I thought it would be nice to do today...but I didn't! Oh well...I thought he would be in a hurry for school so I let it slip.

    Yummy for the poochies and double yum for a Dutch Baby! I'll be over shortly for what is left...hehehehe!

  5. We think your mom should have her own restaurant! It would be packed with people and pups all of the time. Thanks for the pancake recipes.

    Good news on Norbert's bloodwork. We are thinking positive for the urine tests too.

    Nina, Myshka, Sasha, Betsy, Lucy, Phoebe and Lily

  6. All those pancakes look and sound yummy!

  7. Those pancakes are making me drool :)

  8. Oh my! We're going to make these pear pancakes for Sunday morning breakfast! (Mama is the *worst* at Lent.) Yay Norbert, we are so glad for him. We're crossing our paws that urine tests come back good too!!

  9. Oh my goodness...what a yummy post. Makes me wish I wasn't on a perpetual diet. Unfortunately, I am...because I gain weight out of thin air, no matter how much exercise I get.

    Norbert, I'll keep my paws crossed about your urine test.


  10. Yum, pancakes! Mom made gumbo for her work Mardi Gras party but didn't share any of it. We would have been happy with pancakes though.

  11. Pancakes! Are there any left? We are on our way...

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  12. You had me at the title of this post. Ah pancakes glorious pancakes!
    Ps. So happy to hear that Norbert's blood test came back ok. Please keep us posted.