How to make Italian Pancakes

Happy Pancake Day! Pancake Day, or also know as Shrove Tuesday, has been traditionally celebrated as the last day before the fasting period of Lent that leads up to the celebration of Easter. Pancakes are associated with Shrove Tuesday as the best way to use up eggs, milk and sugar before lent begins. This a great reason to celebrate this wonderful holiday but why not give it an Italian twist and try crespelle – the Italian variation of pancakes?

Ingredients:

  • 100 g flour
  • A glass of milk
  • 3 eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Clove of garlic
  • 30 g butter
  • 80 g cheese
  • 100 g ham
  • (a handful of) artichokes

Instructions:

  1. Beat the eggs with the flour and a pinch of salt. Pour the milk gradually and stir continuously so that the mixture remains soft.

  2. Pour a spoonful of the mixture in a preheated skillet and cook on both sides for a few minutes. repeating the process with the rest of the batter. You can fill the pancakes as you prefer. Here are some of our favourite suggestions:

  3. Finely chop the artichokes. Saute a clove of garlic in olive oil, then pour the artichokes with a little ‘chopped parsley. Add some ‘of white wine and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the garlic and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Prepare the sauce by melting 30 grams of butter in a pan. Add in a tablespoon of flour and beat. Then add a glass of warm milk and stir until it becomes a smooth sauce. Following this, add in 80 g cheese cut into cubes, 100 g ham and artichokes.

  4. Spread a bit of the artichoke cream on pancakes and fold it in half. Place them in a pan with a knob of butter, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake for 10-15 minutes.