Do you know what Monday is? Yes, it’s Halloween, but it’s also Reformation Day.
If you aren’t familiar with Reformation Day, here’s the really short version: Back in the 1500s, a monk named Martin Luther started to see some differences between what he read in the Bible and what the Roman Catholic church was teaching. The big difference was salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, versus the teaching that you needed to do something to earn grace. On October 31, 1517, Luther nailed a list of 95 theses (statements) to the door of the church, starting off a long debate over proper teachings and ultimately leading to the split of the church. Those who followed what Luther taught are called Lutherans, and celebrate this day to remind us of our salvation, and of this super important church father. (P.S. Next year the celebration gets really big, since it’s the big 5-0-0.)
All that to say, we like to remember that Jesus loves us, and here’s a fun way to do that with pancakes. Because combining Jesus and food is pretty much a winner.
One of the symbols of the Reformation, and of the Lutheran church, is the Luther seal. It looks like this:
We’re going to put it on a pancake. Here’s what you need:
- 1-2 batches of your favorite pancake batter (I did a double batch of one of our favorites)
- Strawberries, sliced
- Whipped cream (buy or make your own)
- Chocolate chips
Mix up your favorite pancake batter. Bake large pancakes. I used two to three 1/4 cup scoops instead of my normal one scoop per pancake, for reference.
Once cooked and removed to a plate, add a whipped cream flower. Top with strawberry slices to form a heart shape. Top that with a chocolate chip cross. Make a circle of blueberries around the edge. If you want a picture, snap one quick before the whipped cream melts. (Ask me how I know that one). This is a great time to make an assembly line if you have kids old enough to help. Give everyone a topping and make it a family effort!
Enjoy! This is a fun Reformation day breakfast, plus a chance to talk about our church history before the day shifts into costumes and candy.
Do you have any Reformation Day traditions? Or is Reformation Day a new concept for you?
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