Our friends at our favorite Charleston chocolate shop Christophe Chocolatier, sent us this delicious recipe in honor of National CrÃªpe Day – enjoy!
Le Chandeleur – National CrÃªpe Day
In France, February 2 is a religious day and celebrated like Candlemas. It is called Le Chandeleur and is also a day for predicting the future, similar to Groundhog Day in the United States, but without the furry rodent. Since it is France, it is not an underground critter that foresees your fortune – it is a crepe!
The tradition is to hold a coin in your writing hand and a crepe pan in the other; toss the crepe in the air and catch it in the pan. A successful attempt means that your family will enjoy prosperity for the rest of the year. (Don’t worry, an unsuccessful attempt just means that you’ll have to wash your kitchen floor!) Another tradition is that crepes cannot be eaten until after 8:00 pm but we won’t tell anyone if you can’t hold off that long!
Try making your own crepes in honor of Le Chandeleur. Take pictures and post them to our Facebook!
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup milk plus 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup sifted flour
- 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Sift flour and mix with salt in a bowl. Make a well and pour in eggs. Stir well. Slowly pour in milk and water while stirring. Continue stirring until small bubbles form on surface. Stir in vanilla and butter.
- Allow batter to rest in the refrigerator until bubbles disappear for approximately 1 hour. If necessary, thin batter with more milk and/or water.
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and brush with oil. Spread a thin layer of crepe batter into pan, tilting to completely coat the surface of the pan. Cook approximately 1 minute and turn over using a spatula or try your hand at tossing the crÃªpe in the air. (Let us know where your crepe lands!)
Traditionally, a crepe is lightly topped then folded into quarters by folding it in half, and then in half again. Alternatively, crepes can be rolled up like tortillas.
Fill your crepes with anything your heart desires: Nutella, butter and sugar, fruit preserves, ham and cheese, strawberries and cream – anything you can dream up. Go a little wild and let us know how your crepes turned out!
Happy Crepe Day!