Published the Feb 12 2018 in "Articles"
We know that in the UK, « pancakes » sound more like breakfast than fancy dinner. But why not turn this wonderful day of the year as a real pancake feast and pairing it with wine? Sweet or salted we thought about every food lovers, and we give you some advice to prevent rookie mistakes.
First of all, let’s make a little reminder about pancakes day.
The history says that Pancakes day, also named Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Supposed to be 47 days before Easter Sunday, it was a time of fasting. Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before beginning the Lenten fast. Pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients.
A pancake is a thin, flat cake, made of 4 simple ingredients: eggs, flour, salt, and milk. Once the batter ready, it is fried in a pan and served immediately, traditionally with golden syrup or lemon juice and caster sugar. But you can also serve it salted with ham and cheese, as it is well known in France!
Now, the tough question is : which wine should we drink with pancakes? Pancakes and wine might not seem the most obvious of partnerships (usually cider is), but any excuse to open a bottle (or two) should never be missed.
Like for pasta, the best match for pancakes depends on the topping or filling which can be savory or sweet.
Simple sugar and lemon pancakes
The classic British way. To be honest, the traditional way can be eaten on its own or with a cup of an aromatic tea. But we still got a good pairing : a Sauvignon de Loire Domaine du Petit Clocher 2016 from the One to Wine’s selection would be perfect.
Pancakes with fresh berries
Our One to Wine Crémant de Loire Sparkling Blanc de Blancs Domaine Maison, Millésimé 2014 with a touch of sweetness pairs pretty well with the lighter style of pancake topping/filling.
Pancakes with chocolate sauce
A sweet red wine like Maury AOC Mas Amiel 2007 is one of the most delightful pairings on dark chocolate.
Savory pancakes with hard-battered cheese like comté, ham, and spinach
A dry white wine such as L’Ambitieux from Loire Valley, Cheverny AOC Domaine Maison 2013 does the trick.