Happy Crepes Day! | La Chandeleur

Oh! Regalade, across from the Eiffel Tower
 serving crepes and hot-chocolate.
Crepes, pancakes without leavening, the original European "tortilla", a wonderful edible wrapper to contain dinner and dessert. How is it America has survived (in general) so long without these wonderful delectable fried "pastries" from Brittany France?

One of the most popular methods of eating crepes is as a dessert, by placing everything from Nutella to fruit and cream in the crepe. However, it's common in France to put everything from frites (French fries) and cheese, to the full gamut of eggs, ham, salad, melted Gruyere. There's the pizza crepe, the hamburger crepe, even the Mexican burrito with salsa and beef rolled up in a crepe. Indeed if you're ever visiting the Eiffel Tower, walk across the street to the creperie (Oh! Regalade) and order one stuffed with fried eggs, fries, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, and cheese. It's out of this world.

A crepe used as a burrito (ex. breakfast burrito crepe)
Considering it's National Crepe Day (otherwise known as Le Jour Des Crepes [2nd of February]) I thought it was time to post a recipe for crepes. Why February 2nd? Well, today is when we celebrate Candlemas, a Catholic celebration about the presentation of the Lord, and the purification of the virgin. Of course tradition, has led to a sort of French ground-hog day where the luck of flipping a crepe in a pan (with a coin in hand) assures prosperity, and a clear day on February the 2nd means "no more winter to fear" (Quand la Chandeleur est claire, l’hiver est par derriere). It's all a bunch of fun, but the rule is don't eat your crepes till after 8 PM. Of course I'm not sure if that's France's time, or a U.S. time zone, so it might be best to celebrate twice.
A frite and cheese crepe

My crepe recipe is fairly simple. The only change you may wish to make is to add more sugar when making a dessert crepe (increasing to 2-3 tablespoons). If you're new to the whole crepe craze, try a basic sharp cheddar and french fry crepe or a dessert crepe such as chocolate and strawberries. Simple is cool (and delicious). If you're a bit allocentric, try a lamb filled crepe with all the goodies. Either way, happy Crepes Day!

French Crepes Recipe Ingredients:

2 large eggs
Lamb, frites, cheese, and salad in a crepe.
1 cup flour
1 cup whole milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar (add more for sweet crepes)

  1. Add dry ingredients to a bowl and mix.
  2. Beat eggs, and slowly add to dry ingredients along with milk and oil
  3. Melt butter, and slowly add to mix while stirring.
  4. Preheat a non-stick pan coated with oil or non-stick spray to medium heat.
  5. Pour batter in pan, and raise temperature to just over medium heat.
  6. Flip when golden brown, and then serve when batter is fully cooked.
  7. Fill with your favorite ingredients and enjoy!

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