Groundhog’s Day Breakfast

February’s holidays each have their own associated foods: chocolate for Valentine’s Day, Cajun and Creole for Mardi Gras, chili and finger foods for February’s Superbowl Sundays…

While the U.S. doesn’t generally count Groundhog’s Day among those that require specialized feasting, February 2nd is also Candlemas Day, known in France as Crêpe Day. Tradition calls for culinary acrobatics: crêpe-flipping with your non-dominant hand while holding a coin in the opposite hand (catching the crêpe then guarantees abundance for the next year). Even for less superstitious crêpe aficionados, it’s the perfect holiday with an excuse to eat them in excess.

Basic Crêpe Recipe

  • Combine 3/4 Cup milk, 3/4 Cup flour, 1/4 Cup water, 2 large eggs, and 1/8 tsp salt. Mix or blend ingredients until smooth.
  • Heat a crêpe pan with medium heat, and grease with butter. Pour about 2 Tbsp of batter into the pan and tilt to coat evenly. Cook about a minute (until the top is dry and the edges begin to brown), then flip the crêpe and cook an additional 30 seconds. Alternatively, use a hand-held crêpe maker like the one pictured above.
  • Spread with your desired filling and roll.

Crêpes with customary fillings: jam, banana and Nutella, cottage cheese and jam, and sugar and lemon.

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