[Michel Bras Recipe] “Celebration of the ‘Chandeleur’ – Crepe day”

While February celebrates Valentine’s Day on both sides of the Atlantic, in France it is also a month traditionally associated with crepes. The Catholic holiday of Candlemas known as « Chandeleur » on Feb.2nd celebrates the presentation of baby Jesus to the temple, and is known as the « Day of Light », with crepes as the typical dish. Here are 3 delicious recipe to enjoy them, with family and friends around the table on a cold winter day…

The first recipe is a unique way to enjoy caramelised crispy crepes as a millefeuille !

Better prepare the crepe batter in advance.

Tools: a whisk, a non stick pan

Slightly long and delicate to prepare

Ingredients :

  • 35g starch
  • 1 egg
  • 160g milk
  • 200g sugar
  • a pinch of salt

Preparation of the crepe batter : Mix the starch, egg, sugar and salt in a bowl, using a whisk. Pour in some of the milk and mix vigorously. Gradually add the remaining milk to avoid lumps.

Toppings : whipped cream (unsweetened or not too sweet), sliced almond, cooked orange peel, chestnut paste or any other toppings that are just a little sweet.

Recipe: 

Pour some of the batter ( around 8 g for a 13 cm diameter pan) in a cold, greased pan, then cook slowly at low heat for a homogeneous caramelisation.

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Stop the heat and let it cool down a bit, before flipping the crepe carefully to avoid breaking it. Don’t let it cool down too much as it would stick to the pan and break easily when flipping.

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Start again and cook the other side. Remove the crepe from the pan, let it slide on a flat and cold surface and let it cool down. You can keep these crepes for 3 to 4 days, in a dry container.

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Top each crepe with different toppings, such as whipped cream, sliced almonds, orange peels, marmalade, or any of your favorite toppings, to build up a crispy millefeuille.

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As the crepe is already caramelised, better pick toppings that are not too sweet, unsweetened whipped cream being a perfect match. Dark chocolate coating or sauce would also be a nice combination, combined with bitter orange peel.

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The contrast between the crispy crepe and cream smoothness is simply irresistible !

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