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“Crêpe de la Chandelier”, National Crêpe Day is upon us!

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National Crepe Day, also known as “Crepe de la Chandelier,” is a day to celebrate the beloved French pastry. Crepes are thin, delicate pancakes that can be filled with sweet or savory ingredients. They have a long history and are enjoyed all over the world.

See me make Sweet & Savory Crepes here!

I remember my first savory crepe – my host Mom Sylvie, in Lyon, France, whipped it up for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. It was sunny out and the birds were chirping. She heated up a pan, poured this dark brownish-black batter into a hot skillet, cooked it, flipped it, and then layered ham, shredded emmental cheese and a little pour of cream. She folded it into quarters and scooted it onto a plate for me to enjoy for lunch. YUM! I’ll never forget it. 

a crepe in a black pan topped with cheese, proscuitto, and a sliced red pepper

I also remember Theo, a sweet young French man, inviting me over for dinner. He whipped up the classic crepe, similar to Sylvie, and roasted some bell pepper in the oven to put on top of the Prosciutto and Cheese Crepe. WOWEE! Such simple ingredients made my mouth dance with joy. To this day I made this recipe all of the time in honor of my special date night with him! 

The origins of crepes can be traced back to medieval Brittany in France. Over the centuries, they have evolved and spread throughout the country and beyond, becoming a staple in French cuisine. The term “crepe de la Chandelier” is a nod to the traditional method of making crepes, in which the batter was poured onto a hot griddle and spread with a tool resembling a chandelier.

National Crepe Day is an opportunity to enjoy crepes and appreciate their place in culinary history. Whether you prefer sweet crepes filled with Nutella, strawberries, and whipped cream, or savory crepes filled with ham, cheese, and eggs, there is a crepe for everyone.

For many, crepes are a symbol of comfort and indulgence. They bring back fond memories of family gatherings, special occasions, and lazy Sunday mornings. Crepes are versatile, easy to make, and can be customized to suit any taste.

a table topped crepes and crepe toppings including fruit and chocolate chips

Buckwheat crepes, also known as galettes, are a traditional type of crepe that originates from the Brittany region of France. Unlike traditional crepes made with wheat flour, buckwheat crepes are made with a batter made from buckwheat flour, which is a gluten-free grain.

The use of buckwheat flour in crepes dates back to the 16th century, when buckwheat was widely cultivated in Brittany. Buckwheat crepes were originally a staple food for rural farmers and fishermen, as they were a cheap and filling option. Today, buckwheat crepes are enjoyed by people all over the world, and are especially popular in France.

Aside from their rich history, buckwheat crepes offer a number of health benefits. Buckwheat is a highly nutritious grain that is high in protein, fiber, and antioxidants. It has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol levels, and reduce the risk of heart disease. Additionally, buckwheat is gluten-free, making it an excellent alternative for those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

Buckwheat crepes are typically filled with savory ingredients, such as cheese, ham, eggs, and vegetables. They can be enjoyed as a main dish, or as a light snack. Whether you are looking for a healthy alternative to traditional crepes, or simply want to try something new, buckwheat crepes are a delicious and nutritious option that are sure to satisfy.

a plate of crepes with salmon and asparagus

In conclusion, buckwheat crepes are a traditional and nutritious type of crepe that are enjoyed by people all over the world. Whether you are looking for a gluten-free alternative to traditional crepes, or simply want to try something new, buckwheat crepes are a delicious and healthy option that are sure to please.

In conclusion, National Crepe Day is a celebration of a beloved, traditional and nutritious pastry and the rich history behind it. Whether you’re a fan of sweet or savory crepes, there’s no better way to honor this delicious dish than by indulging in one on this special day. Whether you are looking for a gluten-free alternative to traditional crepes, or simply want to try something new, buckwheat crepes are a delicious and healthy option that are sure to please. So, let’s take a moment to appreciate crepes and all the joy they bring into our lives!

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