Language learning is not all about grammar and vocabulary drills, it’s also about culture and traditions. In French I, students celebrated La Chandeleur” by making crêpes. The day of La Chandeleur (or Candlemas) is celebrated 40 days after Christmas, on February 2nd. The origins of the celebration go back to Roman times. The name, Chandeleur, comes from the Latin candelorum festum, which means festival of candles. It is the custom to prepare and eat crêpes on February 2nd and all through the Mardi Gras season. The form and color of the crêpe calls to mind the sun, which is returning after its winter sleep.
Here is a simple crêpe recipe if you want to try it at home: Enjoy!
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
2 large eggs
1 1/2 c. whole milk
1 tbsp. butter
Fresh fruit, for serving
Powdered sugar, for serving
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and salt. Beat in eggs one at a time, followed by the milk. Let batter stand at room temperature until bubbly on top, 15 to 20 minutes.
In a small skillet over medium heat, melt butter, then swirl pan to coat. About 1/4 cup at a time, drop batter evenly onto pan, swirling it to evenly coat.
Cook 2 minutes, then flip and cook 1 minute more; repeat with remaining batter. Serve crêpes warm with fresh fruit and powdered sugar.