Little Monster’s Animal Pancakes
With pancake day fast approaching, this basic pancake recipe for children has an added dose of fruity fun and lots of scope for language learning and pancake traditions around the world…
Shrove Tuesday falls on Tuesday 5th March in 2019, and is better known as Pancake Day. It’s traditionally a feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, and in the UK it’s a great excuse to eat piles of delicious, sweet pancakes.
In France, Shrove Tuesday is known as Fat Tuesday – or Mardi Gras – which ties in nicely with the idea of eating loads of crêpes, but actually refers to the tradition of parading a fat ox through the streets! There’s another pancake-fuelled festival, too, called the Fête de la Chandeleur, which celebrates the presentation of Jesus and always falls on the 2nd February – 40 days after Christmas.
In Spain, meanwhile, it’s not about Tuesday or pancakes! Here, Carnaval starts a whole week before Ash Wednesday – on the previous Thursday. The Dia de la tortilla, or Day of the omelette, is when locals eat up all the goodies in the pantry – namely eggs, meat and fatty foods – traditionally cooked up into a tasty Spanish omelette.
However you celebrate in your house, you can’t go far wrong with a basic pancake recipe. This recipe uses a Scotch pancake mix, so it’s a bit thicker than a standard pancake or a French crêpe, but holds its shape better if you want to try some funky designs. Find all the fruit in the house and see which animals you can make. Can you make a chat? A chien? An oso or pez? We even had a go at creating some alien-animals with leftover fruit, so see what you come up with and don’t forget to share your best designs with us!
Language themes: animals, festivals
Unsalted butter or oil for frying
Lots of fruit
200g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 large egg
300 ml milk
How to make it:
Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl
Gradually beat the egg and milk into the dry mixture until the lumps are gone
Heat the frying pan and add oil or butter
Fry a ladleful of batter until it’s golden on both sides
Add whatever fruity topping you fancy to make animal designs
Tip: Fancy something savoury instead? Lose the sugar from the batter mix and swap your fruit for chopped up vegetables and chunks of cheese.
Story Box links: For animals, take a look at The Zoo Keeper’s Cat!