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for Shrove Tuesday
the British, Shrove Tuesday is probably better
known as Pancake Day. Those wonderful delicacies,
smothered in sugar and lemon and often tossed
around in village competitions. As you will
see from the recipes below, the Brits certainly
don't have the monopoly of this type of fare
for the occasion:
by: Pamela Heywood
REBANDAS DE CARNAVAL
This a great way to use up
stale bread at any time.
Canarian loaf (any crusty white bread like a French stick
or baguette will do just as well), 1 egg, 1 cup of milk
approx., Sugar, Sprinkle of ground cinnamon.
Slice the bread diagonally
into 1/2 to 3/4 inch slices and discard the ends of the
loaf. Beat the egg, milk and cinnamon together in a bowl
then soak the bread slices briefly in the mixture. Lift
them carefully and fry gently in oil in a shallow frying
pan, turning once. Remove when golden, arrange on a plate
and sprinkle with sugar. Watch them disappear fast!
(A variation on this recipe
is to substitute half the milk with white wine.)
TORTILLA DE CARNAVAL
Gofio, Plain Flour (optional),
Three or four egg yolks, Ground cinnamon, Half a litre
of milk, Sugar, Aniseed liqueur or Marie Brizard.
Mix the egg yolks with the
milk, cinnamon and sugar (the amount of which you can
vary according to taste), along with a dribble of the
aniseed liqueur. Beat well, then add the gofio a little
at a time, until you have a consistency resembling custard.
(You can mix flour with the gofio, again according to
preference). Fry small amounts of the mixture until golden
in hot oil to make little pancakes. It is customary to
eat them at Carnaval time, accompanied by coffee.
About The Author
Pamela Heywood has been resident
in Tenerife since 1992. Formerly an accountant in the
UK, she has since written for local magazines and newspapers
and now runs several web sites, publishing a number of
ezines. This article first appeared in Tenerife Topics,
a monthly newsletter that looks mostly at the other face
of Tenerife from that the tourist usually discovers: http://tenerife-topics.8m.com