Events  It's Pancake Day today!
02/02/201700:00 TV5MONDE

What is “Chandeleur”, and why is it celebrated?
 
Roughly translated as candle mass in English, the day itself dated back to a time where pagan rites are widely practiced. It is celebrated on the second day of February each year, or 40 days after Christmas. Back in ancient times, this is a day where candles are lit. The word “chandeleur” itself recalls the pagan celebration of Festa Candelarum; candles are lit as a symbol of purification.
 
The day was later adapted by the Roman Catholic Church, as the day where the Baby Jesus was presented to the Temple, in accordance to Moses’ law, where mothers are to present their newborns before the altar.
 
Both a popular religious day of celebrations and now widely known as Pancake Day, people around the world give today special attention. This is the day where gourmands enjoy crêpes, or pancakes. 
 
Lots of fun facts are associated to its consumption as well. It is said that pancakes can only be eaten after 8:00 pm in the evening. If one manages to hold a coin in one hand while flipping the pancake in the pan with the other hand, expect prosperity and fortune to come to your household this coming year! Anyhow, this is the one day where you have all the excuses in the world to give yourself a yummy treat. Learn how to make the quintessential galettes sucrées, or sweet thin pancakes, which is a typical pancake consumed by the French. Read on for a recipe below!
 
 
 
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

 

Ingredient for 15 thin pancakes

  • 300g of flour
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 3 soup spoons of powder sugar
  • 2 soup spoons of oil
  • 50g of melted butter
  • 300 ml of milk 
  • A small glass of rum
  • A pinch of salt

In a large bowl, add flour and make a little dent in the middle. Add the whole eggs, sugar, salt, oil, rum and butter in. Mix in with the care, whipping carefully and pour in the milk gradually while mixing. The batter must have a slightly thick liquid consistency. Leave it aside for one hour.
 

 

Heat up a anti-stick pan and add a few drops of oil in. Take one scoop of the batter and pour it in; use the scoop’s back to smooth out the batter, so that it covers the whole of the pan.
 
Cook the pancake on low heat. Flip and cook on the other side when one is golden. Do not overcook!
 
It’s ready! Sprinkle on lemon or orange zest, sugar, jam, or drizzle on Nutella…get creative!


Bon Appétit!

 
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