When considering how to approach a Shrove Tuesday-come-birthday celebration, Jessica Carter had a brainwave (well, she was due…)

What are you normally doing at 7.23am on a Tuesday morning? Dragging yourself out of bed? Making breakfast? Beginning the morning commute? Well let me tell you, I am without doubt tucked up and sound asleep, refusing to get up a single second before absolutely necessary. This is precisely why, when my unsuspecting housemate came downstairs on this particular Tuesday morning, for a brief moment she had to question whether she was the one still tucked up and dreaming. And to be fair, finding me in the kitchen, whisking up batter at such an ungodly hour, is probably enough to throw anyone who knows me into a state of confusion.

The day in question was Pancake Day – and I take Pancake Day seriously (as should we all). However, not only was it one of my most hotly anticipated events of the year, but there also happened to be a birthday in my little house that day. As we all know, birthdays call for one thing and one thing only. Cake. No compromises. So, for this day of double-whammies, I had hatched me a flipping clever plan, if I do say so myself: to create a pancake birthday cake (AKA the stuff that dreams are made of). The thing was, I was working to a deadline. I had to get this bad boy finished after work before the aged one arrived home. So, that’s why I was to be found bleary eyed and up to my elbows in batter at seven-twenty-three AM (did I mention the time?). By 8am (my usual hour of emergence) I had five pancakes, a bowl of cream whipped up with vanilla and sugar, and a tub of defrosting berries to show for myself. Needless to say, this was my most productive morning in a rather long time – and for a rather long time to come, no doubt.

As soon as I got home from work that evening, I was straight back in the kitchen and raring to finish this (potential) masterpiece. With a bowl of melting chocolate and butter on the go over a pan of boiling water, I rolled up my sleeves and got stuck in to the tub of raspberries, mushing them up with some sugar. It was at this inopportune moment that my housemate came in and caught me in the act, hands dripping with some kind of bright red substance and a guilty expression on my face…

There was no time to explain. I mixed the melted chocolate with some double cream and started my build. Layering up the fluffy pancakes with whipped cream, juicy raspberries and melted chocolate was definitely the best part. Wait, what am I thinking? Licking the bowls was obviously the best part.  After finishing it all off with some grated chocolate, fresh raspberries and a dusting of icing sugar, I stood back to admire my fine-looking construction. Then quickly dived back in as it started to tilt precariously to one side…

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6 Responses to The Plancake

  1. Avatar Ruby says:

    This looks absolutely amazing! I’m definitely going to have to try it.

  2. Avatar Ivy says:

    I wouldn’t mind being your housemate! Looks yummy 🙂

  3. Avatar Livvy Sneyd says:

    Jessica I really like your style of writing, it always make me laugh!xx

  4. Avatar superstar-suzy says:

    Can I live with you, this is lush lush lush!

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