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Four Scrumptious Stacks for Pancake Day

Today, while celebrants don their best purple, green and gold for bead tossing and other Mardi Gras merriment, others will be honoring Shrove Tuesday — or Pancake Day — by shoving flapjacks down their pie holes.

It’s common practice to eat rich, fatty foods on the day before the Lent fasting season begins (hence the name “Fat Tuesday”) — and what better food to satisfy this requirement than thick, buttery, fluffy pancakes drenched with maple syrup, sugary fruit toppings and candied nuts?

To help you get your pancake on, we’ve rounded up our favorite recipes for your stacking pleasure. (Stack ‘em high as you dare.)

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A Real-Deal Mardi Gras King Cake

King Cake

I’m a very lucky girl, having married into a food-obsessed family from New Orleans. My in-laws send us NOLA treats all year — local favorites that are hard to come by in New York, like Zatarain’s jambalaya mix, Aunt Sally’s pralines and Tony Chachere’s seasoning. As Fat Tuesday approaches, it’s King Cake time.

This quintessential Mardi Gras treat is a sweet braided pastry with frosting coated in plenty of purple, green and gold sprinkles, but the pièce de résistance is hidden inside. Whoever gets the slice with a plastic baby — caution is recommended as you devour your piece — is declared the king or queen for the day. Some say getting the baby is like catching the bouquet at a wedding, except instead of being the next to marry, it means the finder will soon have a (real) baby.

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