Chandeleur (Candlemas): Crepe Day!

Today is Candlemas, called Chandeleur in France, where the french celebrate this holiday with crepes.

 

Chandeleur is a religious Christian holiday, 40 days after Christmas eve, in accordance to the presentation of Jesus at the temple.

 

The celebration dates back to the Roman era, where travelers who had made their way to Rome to pray were greeted with crepes.

 

In France, many participate in the holiday, and enjoy crepes with their families on that day. Often drinking cider with them. It is good luck to hold a gold coin in your left hand as you flip the crepes.

 

As we are celebrating this evening, I thought it would be a perfect time to share with you my crepe recipe, the same one I’ve always used and know by heart now

 

 

Crepes:

1 C flour

2 eggs

1/2 milk

1/2 water

3 tsp oil

1 tsp rum

 

Add all ingredients to a medium mixing bowl, and whisk to combine. Let sit at least 20 minutes, and overnight is best.

To make crepes, heat a large skillet, preferably cast iron over medium heat. Using a paper towel with a bit of oil on it, grease the warm pan. Pour in a medium ladle full of batter, let cook until bubbles apear and the surface turns dry, flip and brown on the other side about 30 seconds. Remove and keep warm by stacking one on top of the other on a large plate. Enjoy hot or cold.

My favorite topping is salted butter, sugar, and a few drops of lemon juice.

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