Chandeleur, Crêpe day in France

January 27th, 2012 | Posted by admin in French Food

The Catholic holiday of Candlemas, on February 2nd, is a traditional event to commemorate the purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of Jesus. In France, this holiday is called la Chandeleur, Fête de la Lumière,* or jour des crêpes.

Not only do the French eat a lot of crêpes on Chandeleur, but they also do a bit of fortune Crepes for Chandeleurtelling while making them. It is traditional to hold a coin in your writing hand and a crêpe pan in the other, and flip the crêpe into the air. If you manage to catch the crêpe in the pan, your family will be prosperous for the rest of the year.

In our family, we all have some preferred ones :
- Honey and lemon juice,
- salted butter caramel spread (from my Brittany memories),
- melted Chocolate and sliced almond,
- chestnut spread.

Here is a recipe that, I think is the closest to the French one :


1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon white sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 eggs

2 cups milk

2 tablespoons butter, melted



Sift together flour, sugar and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, beat eggs and milk together with an electric mixer. Beat in flour mixture until smooth; stir in melted butter.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 2 tablespoons for each crepe. Tip and rotate pan to spread batter as thinly as possible. Brown on both sides and serve hot.


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  • Manu des Palmiers says:

    love the meal crepes stuffed with ratatouille or ham and cheese (baked with bechamel, yum!). for dessert. i like fresh fruit (banana, pineapple, berries) with chocolate sauce, and coconut flakes, whipped cream, sliced almonds, … or the ultimate, Crepes Suzettes, flamed with Grand-Marnier (triple yum!)