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La Chandeleur: a Crêpe Story and Recipe

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La Chandeleur: a Crêpe Story and Recipe

Festive season is not over for the French…It is now time for the traditional Chandeleur!


French tradition has it that on the 2nd of February (40 days after Christmas), we celebrate La Chandeleur (Candlemas) and share delicious Crêpes with our loved ones. This religious French holiday originated back to the 5th century when Pope Gelasius handed out crêpes to the pilgrims coming to Rome during the candlelight procession. La Chandeleur celebrates the harvest and the midway point of winter. The crêpes colour and shape represent the sun and prosperity of the harvest.

La Chandeleur also holds many traditions and superstitions. For example, holding a coin in your left hand while flipping the crêpe in the pan with your right and ensuring it lands perfectly back into the pan determines your luck for the new year.

It is a great opportunity to gather with your loved ones as it is usually celebrated with family and friends over a delicious crêpe making feast! Wherever you are in the world, making this easy French street-food staple is the perfect excuse for a get-together.

Crêpes come in all forms and flavours! You may customise your crêpe to your heart’s delight with the classic Nutella spread or go for something salty with some savoury ham and cheese!

Just a perfect way to continue the New Year !

Preparation time (in minutes):
Cooking time (in minutes):


  • 250g flour
  • 1/2L milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 50g melted butter
  • 4 eggs


  • STEP 1: Put the flour in a bowl with the salt and sugar. Mix a well and pour in the eggs.
  • STEP 2: Start mixing gently. When the mixture becomes thick, add the cold milk slowly.
  • STEP 3: When all the milk is mixed in, the dough should be quite fluid. If it seems too thick, add a little more milk. Then add the melted butter and mix well.
  • STEP 4: In a hot frying pan (lightly oiled if your frying pan is not non-stick). Pour a small ladleful of batter and swirl it around to spread it over the surface. Place on the heat and when the Crepes edges turn light red, it’s time to flip it!
  • STEP 5: Let it cook for about a minute on this side and the pancake is ready.


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