Today is Groundhog Day and according to good ol’ Punxsutawney Phil from Pennsylvania, an early Printemps is on its way! Across the pond in France, people are celebrating La Chandeleur, also known as jour des crêpes! La Chandeleur is a feast to commemorate the purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of baby Jesus.
If you haven’t figured it out already, the French celebrate everything with food! Now many of you have heard of or even eaten crêpes, pronounced [kʀɛp], but do you know where they are from? Yes, it’s from France but what part of France you may wonder. If you guessed Brittany, you are correct!!! Spelled exactly like the name you would give to your daughter but pronounced with ze French accent! Brittany is located in the north western part of France and people from Brittany are called Breton.
While many are sticking to their strict diet plans this New Year, it wouldn’t hurt to indulge in eating either a savory or sweet crêpe. Crêpes are to French, what pancakes are to Americans. So get out your Nutella, favorite fruits and top it up with some whipped cream.
Original Crêpe Recipe
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon white sugar
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons Isigny Salted Butter, melted
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and eggs. Gradually add in the milk, stirring to combine. Add sugar and butter, beat until smooth.
Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over medium heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the pan, using approximately 1/4 cup for each crêpe. Tilt the pan in a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.
Cook the crêpe for about two minutes, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, turn and cook the other side. Serve at room temperature.