Today’s Candlemas - a Catholic holiday and traditional feast which occurs 40 days after Christmas to commemorate the purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of baby Jesus.
In France, Candlemas (or La Chandeleur in French) is celebrated with crêpes, which must be eaten only after eight pm - and in great quantities. Just my kind of dinner!! La Chandeleur brings back plenty of happy childhood memories, I used to love these 'tres naughty' all-sweet dinners.
On that night, we also do a bit of fortune telling while making the crêpes. 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 is supposed to be prosperous for the rest of the year. It takes a bit of practice to get it right - hence the ‘great quantities’ part of the equation, to account for all the crêpes which inevitably end up on the floor or ceiling!
French crêpes are very thin pancakes, usually made from wheat flour. While they originate from Brittany in the northwest of France, their consumption is widespread throughout the country. They’re traditionally served with a variety of fillings, from the iconic “beurre sucre” (butter & sugar) to Nutella and the most elaborate crêpes Suzette, flambéed with Cognac or Grand Marnier.
Feeling like having crêpes tonight? Check out this great crêpes recipe on Chocolate & Zucchini!
So tell me, dear reader, have you ever had a go at making crêpes? Do you sometimes indulge in all-sweet dinners?