Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Today, crêpes party...

It was the Chandeleur a week ago, special Crêpes day in France. I know I'm late...It's the "fête des Chandelles" which means the candle day, as a symbol of the purification of Maria, the blessed Virgin, and also as a symbol of the end of the winter (yes, a bit too soon in the reality, I know). And what about crêpes? 2 ideas, the crêpe looks like the Sun and therefore is a symbol of Spring or it was the beginning of the sowing season and the extra seeds were used to make crepes as a symbol of prosperity. To make it short, it's still a tradition to have crêpes for the Chandeleur in France and my children love it.

A simple and easy recipe for about 12 to 15 crêpes:
- 3 cups of milk (75 cl)
- 1 1/2 cup of all purpose flour (200g)
- 3 eggs
- you can add a drop of orange blossom water or a drop of rhum
- a pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp of butter (30g)
- for sweet crêpes, 2 tbsp of sugar

Mix flour, salt and milk. Then add the eggs, the melted butter, rhum or orange blossom. The texture of the dough should be smooth. Leave the dough aside for an hour.
Then heat the frying pan with a bit of oil. Pour a small ladle of dough in the pan ; let it cook for a couple of minutes and flip it to cook it on the other side.
I love crêpes with a bit of lemon juice and a tbsp of sugar ; my son Gabriel love them with a thin slices of chocolate you put on the crêpe in the pan so that they can melt. It's nice also with jam, only sugar, maple syrup, whipped cream and fresh strawberries...
If you chose not to put any sugar in the dough, you can enjoy these crêpes savory and have them with an egg, ham and cheese, what we call a Complète in Brittany.


  1. One of our go-to dinners when we have a bare cupboard. If you're in a hurry, the batter only has to rest for half an hour. Zero to dinner in 45 minutes.

  2. This has become a favourite around our house :)

  3. i've always been too intimidated to make crepes--they're so delicate, and i can have a bit of a heavy hand. very nice work--i'm impressed!