February 2nd, also known as Fête de la Lumière, is a day in France where many crepes are eaten. While they do eat crepes, they also do quite a bit of fortune telling as well. It is tradition to hold a coin in the hand you write with and a crepe pan in the other, and flip the crepe into the air. If the person playing this game catches the crepe in the pan, their family is said to be prosperous for the rest of the year. I love this tradition and wouldn’t mind adding it to one of my families’ traditions.
In honor of Fête de la Lumière, which was only a few weeks ago, I decided to make some crepes of my own. I do want to admit that I am a college student looking to learn more about baking in other cultures, so not everything I say will be by the books or the “proper” way to bake. Also this was my first time making crepes, and I think they turned out fabulous if I do say so myself.
I started off with the crepe recipe itself by mixing the following ingredients in a mixer on high speed for 30 seconds:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ whole milk
- 4 large eggs
- 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
Once you have mixed your ingredients and bubbles have started to form on the top of the mixture, let it sit for fifteen minutes. In the meantime, you can make a raspberry sauce to put inside you crepes once they have been cooked. No fancy recipe, I simply mixed the following ingredients in a pan on medium heat for a few minutes in order to create a nice thickened sauce.
- 2 cups frozen raspberries
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
Once your batter has set for fifteen or so minutes, you will want to heat up a 12” or smaller saucepan to about medium heat (I used a 6” inch sauce pan because that is all I had available).
You want to grease the pan with butter or baking spray, depending on what you have on hand. Then pour in about a ¼ cup of the mixture until it covers the bottom of the pan. You want to leave it for about two to three minutes or until the bottom of the crepe is brown (as shown) and then you will flip it.
Once flipped, you want to leave it for another minute or so. Then you can transfer the crepe to a plate, fill it with raspberry sauce, and fold it to enjoy!
Making crepes always reminds me of being back home with y family. When my little sister first started taking French in High School, she made crepes almost every morning and I remember doing our homework together while eating crepes. I really enjoy the times that I am able to spend with my sister, even though I am hours away while at school, we still stay really close. Our relationship reminds of the relationship that I have with my Lord and Savoir Jesus Christ. No matter where I am or what I am doing, I know that I can call on God for help and that He is always open to hearing my needs. Attending a Christian college sometimes causes me to forget the sacrifice that Christ has made for me so that I can enjoy eternity with him, but I love the reminders he sends my way and sometimes these reminders come through my baking. 🙂
I love how baking brings families together and it amazes me how other things can bring families together as well. Ultimately, God has a plan for us and he will bring us to him in many different ways. Check out this video I found about a lady for found what God wanted her to do and saw His blessings through that!
I hope you have as much fun making crepes as I did!