Today we’d like to share a traditional French holiday with you. We call it Crepe Day, or la Chandeleur. Not all holidays make it across the pond, but we hope you’ll give this one a try. After all, it’s an excuse to eat more crepes!
Telling your fortune
This holiday is all about eating lots of crepes and doing a little fortune telling while you’re making them. The tradition is to hold a coin in your writing hand and a crepe pan in the other. Once the crepe is browned on one side, you attempt to flip it over in the air. If you manage to do it successfully, your family will be prosperous for the rest of the year.
Origins of the holiday
Crepe Day originally comes from the Catholic Holy Day of Candlemas, a feast to commemorate the purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of baby Jesus.
Crepe Day is very similar to Groundhog Day as they both make a prediction for the rest of the year. In fact, a French proverb for Crepe Day says, ‘On Candlemas, winter ends of strengthens.’
Give it a try
Here’s an easy crepe recipe for you to give la Chandeleur a try!
10 minutes to prepare, 20 minutes to cook
What you’ll need for about crepes:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup water
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and eggs. Gradually add in the milk and water, stirring to combine. Add the salt and butter, and then beat until smooth.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately ¼ cup for each crepe. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly. Cook the crepe for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, flip and cook the other side. Serve hot with lemon juice and sugar.