Easy Crêpes Recipe for la Chandeleur
We ended our class with homemade crêpes in celebration of la Chandeleur and introduced this tradition to the class with the help of Peppa Pig. Here is a bit of information regarding this Holiday as well as our crêpes recipe.
Though la Chandeleur is often associated with the Catholic holiday of Candlemas, it actually stems from pagan traditions. While some say Chandeleur celebrates the return of sunny days (crêpes symbolize the sun), others say that making crêpes using flour left over from the harvest ensures prosperity in the coming year.
And, of course, there is the traditional coin ritual: if you can flip a crêpe while holding a coin in your other hand, you and your family will not have to worry about financial problems.
Crêpes recipe (for 30 small crêpes or 10 large ones depending on the size of your pan):
1 and 3/4 cup of flour
2 tablespoons of melted butter
2 tablespoons of sugar
3 tablesopoons of orange blossom water or vanilla
1/2 cup of beer (blonde beers work best)
2 1/4 cups of milk
1/4 teaspoon of salt
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, melted butter and eggs.
Gradually add the milk until smooth.
Add the beer and orange blossom water
Put in fridge for at least 4 hours.
Once ready, heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat.
Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each crepe.
Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly (this part takes practice as the thinner the crêpe is the, better! ).
Loosen with a spatula, turn and cook the other side. Serve hot.