At Essential Sailing, we love the history, culture and cuisine of the places we visit almost as much as the sailing to get there. Our Captain’s Blog brings you a taste of what to expect from our luxury crewed sailing holidays around the French and Italian Riviera. In this blog we prepare a classic French recipe

How to Make Crepes Grand’ Mere

In the Catholic tradition, eggs are forbidden during the Lenten fast so eating pancakes became a way to prepare for the abstinence that lay ahead.

In the English-speaking tradition, this happens on Shrove Tuesday, the last day before the start of Lent. But the French start a few days earlier, on Candlemas, la Chandeleur or fête des crêpes. So why not give yourself a delicious treat and try this authentic French recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg of plain flour
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 litre of milk
  • 500ml of water (add some more if the batter is too thick: 1 litre max)
  • 250g of sugar (reduce the amount of sugar if you don’t like your pancakes too sweet)
  • 1 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 1 pinch of salt

Method:

  • Put the flour and salt into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre. Add the eggs, oil and salt.
  • Add the milk gradually. Then add the water.
  • Pour a bit of oil into a frying pan. Use a clean cloth or kitchen paper to spread it around the base. Pour in some batter and swirl around the pan.
  • Cook each side until golden. You can flip your pancake of course!
  • You can eat your pancakes straight away or reheat them later by melting a bit of butter in the pan first.

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