2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup melted butter or vegetable oil
Vegetable oil for frying
Syrup for serving


1. In medium bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add milk, eggs and butter and stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Batter should be slightly lumpy.
2. In large griddle or heavy skillet, heat about 1/2 teaspoon oil over medium heat. Using about 1/3 cup for each pancake, spoon batter into the skillet to make as many pancakes as will fit. Cook until bubbles form on surface of pancakes. Turn and cook until browned on the other side. Remove to warm serving platter and repeat until all pancakes have been cooked. Serve with syrup.

Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday in French - is the day before Lenten deprivation begins. Anticipating the 40 days of fasting to come, Christians celebrate the day in an indulgent frenzy. In the British Isles and in many parts of America, the traditional Shrove Tuesday indulgence is a hearty pancake breakfast.

Shrove Tuesday Pancakes
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