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How to celebrate

By France In London

On the 2nd of February, French people celebrate " la Chandeleur ", the day of the candles. It is an occasion to cook thin pancakes, or "crêpes". Originally, it is a religious celebration of the Christ presentation at the Temple, 40 days after Christmas. Lots of candles were lighted and brought home with care, keeping the flamme alive. They were then stored on the top of a wardrobe and lighten again to keep the evil spirits or a storm away .

Nowadays, it is a chance to gather with the family or some friends.



Top of the page Recipe:

Ingredients :

  • 250g (8oz ) plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolk
  • a pint of milk
  • 2 tablespoon of oil or melted butter
  • 1/3 pint of ale
  • 50 g sugar
Put the flour, salt, sugar in a bowl. Add the eggs and the yolks. Mix well. Gradually beat in the milk and the oil or melted butter. Leave for 2 hours.
Check the mix and add milk or water to make a thinner batter.
Lightly grease a crepe frying pan, and place over medium heat. Cook the crepes one at a time and increase the heat under the frying pan. Turn over the crepe when light brown on one side.

Crepes can be filled with sugar, jam, lemon juice and sugar, mapple syrup or melted chocolate, etc.


  Top of the page Where to eat "crêpes" in London?

And if you don't want to spend your time in the kitchen, go to one of the London French Crêperie listed by FranceInLondon



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