Shrove Tuesday, celebrated 41 days before Easter, marks the last day of Mardi Gras activities. An old custom of using up all the fat in the house to make pancakes (since no meat was to be eaten during the Lenten season that followed) led to this day also being called Pancake Tuesday.
Whether or not you observe Lent, a stack of Bran-Apple Pancakes makes a satisfying breakfast, brunch or light supper. The country flavors of bran cereal, apples and cinnamon combine well with maple syrup and accompanying bacon or sausage.
2 cups buttermilk baking mix
1 3/4 cups milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup whole bran cereal
1 cup finely chopped peeled apple