Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday. Pancake Tuesday. Pancake Tuesday? Yes, Pancake Tuesday.
Maybe you never knew Mardi Gras is also called Pancake Tuesday. Here’s what I read about it on Wikipedia:
(also known as Pancake Day) is the day preceding Ash Wednesday
, the first day of Lent
. Shrove Tuesday is observed mainly in English speaking countries, especially Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand and Canada but is also observed in Philippines and Germany. Shrove Tuesday is linked to Easter, so its date changes on an annual basis.
In most traditions the day is known for the eating of pancakes before the start of Lent. Pancakes are eaten as they are made out of the main foods available, sugar, fat, flour and eggs, whose consumption was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent.
I don’t have pancakes to offer you today. I had them for myself and my kids today. We have them practically every morning. And I make a nice strawberry sauce to go with it when it’s strawberry season. On most weekends I prepare a yeast waffle batter to make the next morning. It’s usually reserved for Sunday mornings and Fabrizio will enjoy some with us.
This particular recipe is dairy-free and egg-free. Some nights I’ll prepare the Marion Cunningham recipe
and some nights when I feel we could go a little lighter the next day, I’ll make this vegan overnight yeast waffle recipe. It all depends on my mood and I’ll tell you, they are both wonderful.
There is nothing that I love more than the smell of a waffles being made in the morning. Well, I do also really love waking up to the smell of my mother-in-law’s sauce cooking and her brasato (her braised beef). It’s sheer torture trying to sleep smelling a delicious Italian lunch’s scents wafting through your bedroom.
What did I do differently with this recipe that makes it delicious? I added almond milk and canola oil instead of regular milk, butter, and eggs. The yeast makes them rich and flavorful. The batter doubles in size overnight in the refrigerator. The next day when you add the other ingredients, you watch it take on a creamy and wonderful texture. The batter is not overly sweet and the yeast gives it a mild savory flavor. I prefer to eat them when when they’re hot immediately off the waffle iron.
Vegan Overnight Yeast Waffles
1 packet active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (you could use only all-purpose flour if you prefer)
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup almond milk (or whatever milk you prefer. sometimes I use coconut milk with this recipe)
The next day:
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in the all-purpose flour, whole-wheat pastry flour, and salt. Stir in one cup of the almond milk (or whatever milk you are using) until combined.
Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let stand overnight at room temperature. If you prefer to cover and leave in refrigerator, that is fine too.
The next morning, in a small bowl, combine the oil, vanilla, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and 1/2 cup almond milk. Stir into the waffle batter. Mix thoroughly breaking up clumps. If you find your batter is too thick, add a little bit more of milk until you like the consistency. * I like to make a quick strawberry sauce and let the batter sit a few more minutes. I take about a cup of strawberries rinsed well and sliced thin and place them in a medium sauté’ pan. I turn on the temperature to medium heat and I add about 1 tablespoon of sugar to the berries. I cook them until they are soft (about 5-7 minutes)and serve them with the waffles.
Depending on the size of your waffle iron, pour about 1/3 to 1/2 cup batter onto the hot iron (use a light hand at first and check your progress–this waffle batter expands rather impressively. Bake until golden and crisp.
A peaceful scene from yesterday on the water.
Happy Fat Tuesday! If you celebrate Easter, what do you plan to give up for Lent? xo