Wednesday, February 6, 2008

No Post on Pancake Tuesday?

If anybody is reading this blog they might wonder why there was no post on Pancake Tuesday, a/k/a Shrove Tuesday, a/k/a Fat Tuesday, a/k/a Mardi Gras. For the true aficionado of pancakes, Shrove Tuesday is the equivalant of New Year's Eve and St. Patrick's Day for drinkers, strictly amateur night. If you follow the way of the pancake, you do it all throughout the year.

Friday, February 1, 2008

The Perfect Pan

I have earlier stated my preference for Lodge's round cast iron griddle, partly because the shallow sides make it easy for the spatula to approach the pancake at a low angle. I have been reminded, however, that there is another means of cooking pancakes which is also quite satisfactory, but for entirely different reasons.

That other means is an electric frying pan. Its great advantage is that you dial up the temperature and just leave it. Once you know what the appropriate setting is for the pan, you can just set it and forget it. With the cast iron griddle, you need to develop an eye for the flame if you are using a gas stove, or wait forever for it to come to an even heat on an electric range.

You may want to try the electric frying pan. I would suggest looking on eBay for a '60's vintage one, as they will not come with a non-stick surface. I invite comment from readers regarding their perception of the perfect method of cooking pancakes.