PANCAKES are proving the lesson of the day for home learning across Ballarat with day four of the state's snap lockdown coinciding with Shrove Tuesday.
Or Pancake Tuesday as it is increasingly more popularised in Australia.
Hydrant Food Hall has been setting the tone with fun, rainbow-coloured stacks in a bid to brighten-up customers' days stuck at home. The takeway fare proved a special takeaway option from early this morning for an all-day breakfast treat.
For those looking to get mixing and flipping this afternoon or this evening with younger learners, expert advice is on hand.
Ballarat's MasterChef Australia finalist Tim Bone encourages people to get creative.
"With pancakes, most recipes use milk but a good tip is to use buttermilk instead. Buttermilk gives you a beautiful flavour and makes your pancakes light and fluffy," Mr Bone said.
"Always when making your pancake mix be careful not to over-work it. Especially when you're incorporating eggs and milk and flour, beating too much will make them hard."
Pancakes need not be confined to a sweet treat either.
BBC Good Food has been anticipating a rise in Britons prepared to try sourdough pancakes in lockdown, according to British media sources, in a build to last year's iso-sourdough trend.
There is yet to be word on whether this has become an Australian Shrove Tuesday phenomenon yet.
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Shrove Tuesday is the last day before Lent on the Christian calendar. Traditionally pancakes have become a way of using up rich foods before 40 days' fasting and reflection.
Pancake events have become a key fundraiser for Uniting Vic Tas, the state body for Uniting Ballarat;s welfare work. People wanting to get flipping are encouraged to host a fundraiser anytime before Easter. For more details on this, visit here.
The Courier is keen to hear Ballarat's tips and special pancake cook-ups in lockdown.
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