On 2 February, Chandeleur is a festival celebrated in France by eating crepes with friends and family. It is an aged old French tradition rooted in and associated with the meaning of light, it also marks the end of the Christmas period coming exactly 40 days after Christmas Eve. The word ‘chandeleur’ comes from ‘chandelle’, a candle in French. Sometimes, the festival is named Fête de la Lumiere. Now, the French celebrate this festival by feasting on thin French pancakes known as crêpes. Crêpes are enjoyed both as a savoury dish and a sweet dessert.
Crêpes are relatively easy to make and the ingredients are very accessible. If you have some time to spare this weekend, why not try making them for yourself! We have provided an easy-to-follow recipe for a sweet crêpe for you.
- 250 g of flour
- 3 eggs
- 3 spoons of sugar, or vanilla sugar
- 50 g of melted butter
- 500 ml of fresh full-cream milk
- Gently melt the butter in a pan until it turns light brown. The butter should be foamy. This is what the French call “beurre noisette”.
- Pour the flour into a large bowl, make a hole in the middle and add the eggs into the bowl one by one.
- Add the sugar and whisk until smooth.
- Add the butter into the bowl while whisking then, slowly, add the milk.
- Pour 1 or 2 centiliters of rum to your preference
- Set the mixture aside for one hour to rest
- Pour in one ladle of batter in a heated frying pan (use a paper towel to coat the pan with oil before each ladel)
- Cook your crêpes for 1 to 2 minutes until it starts to come away from the sides. Flip it over and cook for 20 to 30 seconds tops.
- Serve straight away with your favourite topping.
Let us know how your crêpes turned out by tagging us on @voilahsg Facebook and Instagram. Happy crêpe making!