Craving something sweet? Why not try a crepe?

A crepe is a thin pancake that can be filled with all sorts of delicious ingredients. They're perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Also, it's even better when topped with Nutella, bananas, or strawberries.

Once you try a crepe, you'll be hooked. They're light, fluffy, and downright delicious!

But, now that you're in love with crepes, you're probably wondering where this yummy treat came from. In this blog post, you'll discover everything about the origin of crepes.

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A Brief History of Crepes

Crepes have been around for centuries and have a long and rich history. The earliest known crepes date back to the 12th century when they were made with buckwheat flour and water.

These simple crepes were known as galettes and were popular among peasants in France and Belgium. In the 14th century, crepes began to be made with milk and eggs, making them richer and more flavorful.

By the 16th century, crepes were widely available in Parisian markets and were enjoyed by all social classes. Crepes are still popular, with both savory and sweet versions enjoyed worldwide. Whether you want them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, there's no denying that crepes are delicious and versatile food.

French Folklore: The Origin of Crepes

In France, crepes are a beloved part of the cuisine. However, their origin is somewhat disputed. One theory is that crepes were first created in the city of La Rochelle during the Middle Ages.

According to this story, a young woman made pancakes for her family one day when she ran out of eggs. To make do with what she had, she substituted water for the eggs and found that the results were surprisingly good.

The pancakes were thinner and more delicate than usual, quickly becoming a local favorite. Another theory suggests that crepes originated in Brittany, where they were traditionally made with buckwheat flour.

These crepes were known as galettes and were often served with savory fillings such as cheese or ham. No matter their origin, crepes are now enjoyed by people all over France - and beyond!

How Are Crepes Made?

Once you've mastered the basic crepe recipe, you'll be amazed at how effortlessly you can transform simple ingredients into an elegant dish. Start with the essentials: eggs, milk, flour, and melted butter. They are often cooked in a special crepe pan or flat griddle. Here’s how:

  1. Prepare the Batter:
  • In a blender, combine eggs, milk, flour, melted butter, sugar, and salt.
  • Blend until smooth, ensuring there are no lumps in the batter.
  • Allow the batter to rest for about 30 minutes to achieve the perfect texture.
  1. Cooking the Crepes:
  • Heat a special crepe pan or flat griddle over medium heat.
  • Once hot, pour a ladleful of batter into the center of the pan.
  • Quickly rotate the pan to spread the batter evenly in a circle.
  • Cook for about 1-2 minutes until the edges start to brown and the top looks set.
  • Gently loosen the edges with a crepe spatula, then carefully flip the crepe and cook the other side for another 1-2 minutes until lightly golden.
  1. Serve and Fill:
  • Remove the cooked crepe from the pan and place it on a plate.
  • Fill the crepe with your desired sweet or savory fillings such as Nutella, fresh fruit, meat, cheese, or vegetables.
  • Fold or roll the crepe and serve immediately.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining batter until all crepes are cooked and filled. Enjoy your delicious homemade crepes!

Remember, crepes are a canvas for your culinary creativity. Whether you opt for sweet fillings like fruit and chocolate or savory ones such as cheese and ham, the possibilities are endless. Embrace the fun of crepe making and don't worry if they're not perfect on the first try. Even the most imperfect crepes are still a delight to the taste buds!

La Chandeleur: The Crepe Holiday

La Chandeleur is a French holiday that falls on February 2nd. A celebration of the Presentation of Jesus Christ is also called Candlemas.

The holiday is named after the candles that are lit on this day. According to Christian tradition, this is the day when Mary, the mother of Jesus, took him to the temple for God to see him.

In France, La Chandeleur is celebrated by eating crepes. Crepes are thin pancakes that can be either sweet or savory. They are traditionally made with wheat flour, milk, eggs, and butter.

On La Chandeleur, it is customary to make crepes with a silver coin hidden inside. Whoever finds the coin in their crepe is said to have good luck for the rest of the year. La Chandeleur is a delightful holiday that celebrates both faith and food.

Our Favorite Crepe Recipes

We created a short list of popular crepe recipes to give you some ideas you can try at home. Below you’ll find four delicious crepe recipes you can make any time.

Layer upon layer of delicate crepes infused with the aromatic essence of vanilla beans, this crepe cake is a sophisticated dessert that's as beautiful as it is delicious.

For a heartier option, this savory crepe is filled with succulent turkey and earthy mushrooms, making it a perfect meal for any time of day.

Imagine a crepe bursting with the juiciness of fresh berries, complemented by a light and airy cream. It's a classic combination that never fails to please.

The sweet and salty contrast of salted caramel wrapped in a soft crepe will satisfy your cravings for something sweet with a twist.

The Best Pans to Make the Best Crepes

When making crepes at home, you can’t make them in any pan. You have to have a special kind of pan specifically for crepes. Below are the best pans to make crepes.

Carbon Steel Crepe Pans

The Carbon Steel Crepe pans are perfect for making crepes because they heat evenly throughout. This helps the crepes to be extra crispy on the edges. Also, you can use this pan for other meals, such as quesadillas and pancakes. 

Carbon Steel Crepe Pans

All-In-One Crepe Party Kits

If you're having a party anytime soon or want to celebrate the holiday, you'll need this all-in-one crepe party kit. So you can entertain your guests and fill their stomachs simultaneously.

All-In-One Crepe Party Kits

Celebrate the French Crepe Holiday Any Time With the Right Cookware

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