La Chandeleur (la fête de la lumière) or jour des crêpes is today, February 2nd. Its a Catholic holiday celebrating the purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of baby Jesus. But why are the French eating crêpes on this day? Many sources mentions that the pilgrims going to Rome were comforted with crêpes. Another reason could be that the crêpes shape and color evokes the sun, which returns after winter…. Whatever the reason may be, I’m happy about this day :-)
In Paris there must be hundreds of crêperies and the past days I’ve spent some time trying their different menus. The first one off was what I would call the crêpe institution, Breizh Café in Marais, for having a galette and a crêpe. Why I went there ? Well, when I read they use organic buckwheat flour for their galettes, farmers eggs, unpasteurized Gruyère cheese, Bordier butter, Valrhona chocolate and homemade caramel au beurre salé, the choice was easy ! And this Breton crêperie managed to deliver, bigtime !
I enjoyed everything I had, I could feel the galette had been made at the same time they had my order, unfortunatelly at some crêperies they make a pile of galettes and re-heat them with the filling…beurk. Why had I not been there before? Good question, I better bring my guests visiting me to this place next time :-) It was worth the line outside and the staff at this Britanny owned crêperie were very kind and service minded, forget about the typical Parisian rude waiters! I had a galette (non gluten, made of buckwheat (sarrasin) flour with egg, cheese and artichokes. Usually there should be jambon (ham) but I asked to have mine without. Very delicious and filling…would I be able to continue with a dessert ? I did..ofcourse, as I’m in a “Tarte Tatin” mode I found to my delight they had a crêpe called Dame Tatin! The crêpe was served with caramelized apples, caramel au beurre salé, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream, yummie for my tummie… I also had their organic apple juice and lait Ribot (buttermilk…which I used to drink everyday when living in Sweden and in Denmark..great source of probiotics!).
Side by side with the restaurant you’ll find Breizh épicerie, buy the butter they use or why not caramel au beurre salé or a few bottle of ciders straight from Bretagne? (Britanny) Or why not continue and make these at home? They sell a book with their own recipes in their shop.
Breizh Café – 109 Rue Vielle du Temple, 75003 Paris