Its Shrove Tuesday, the traditional feast day before the start of Lent. The cast iron hobs on an ESSE cooking stove are perfect for cooking pancakes – join the feast.
Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the Lenten fast and pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients.
A pancake is a thin, flat cake, made of batter and fried in a frying pan. A traditional English pancake is very thin and is served immediately. Golden syrup or lemon juice and caster sugar are the usual toppings for pancakes. The pancake has a very long history and featured in cookery books as far back as 1439.
Download our favourite River Cottage pancake recipe here.
River Cottage cooking with ESSE
ESSE is the preferred brand at the famous River Cottage, our cookers can regularly be seen in use on the River Cottage TV programmes. Head Chef Gill cooks on a wood fired ESSE at home as well as using various ESSE models at River Cottage HQ where he also works with us to develop ESSE recipes which can be seen in our recipes section.
The ESSE Four Seasons Cookbook features recipes for Wild Alaska Pollock & Prawn Pancakes and Pink Lady French Crepes. Dishes designed by Carol Bowen Ball , it is available to purchase through selected ESSE retail stockists and online here.