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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Chandeleur and Crepes!

Yesterday was the French holiday of Chandeleur. The holiday itself is a feast to celebrate Candlemas, but it's also called "La Fete de la Lumiere". It is a day when just about everyone makes and eats crepes, so this week in class, we are making some. They are delicious!
(and really easy to make)

Crepes: (makes about 15 big ones)

2 cups all purpose flour
2 ½ cups milk
4 eggs
¼ tsp. salt
Butter for pan

Measure out the flour and place in a large bowl. Add the salt, and mix together. Make a well in the middle of the flour (an empty space) and add the milk and the eggs. Mix until well incorporated.
Heat a frying pan to medium heat, and melt some butter into it. (about 1 tsp.)
Ladle in some of the crêpe batter, and turn the pan to coat the bottom of the pan. It should be a very thin layer of batter. When the crêpe is cooking, the edges will look as though they are drying out.
When you are able to pick up the edge, flip the crêpe over to cook the other side.
Remove from pan and serve with your choice of fillings.
And fold into fourths.
Some popular crêpe fillings: Butter, jam, and powdered sugar; Nutella and banana; Cheese and smoked salmon or ham.

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