Derived from the Latin “crispus” meaning “curled,” the word “crepe” is French for pancake. Crepes originated in Brittany in the northwest region of France, which lies between the English Channel to the north and the Bay of Biscay to the south. In Brittany, crepes and galettes are traditionally served with cider.
Crepes were originally called “galettes,” meaning flat cakes. Around the 12th century, buckwheat was introduced in Brittany from the east. Buckwheat thrived on the desolate and rocky Breton moors and is called “sarrasin” or “ble noir” (black wheat) due to the dark specs that are often found in it. Buckwheat is one of the plants that contain easily digestive protein and all eight essential amino acids.
White Four Crepes
At the turn of the 20th century, white flour crepes appeared. Prior to this time, white wheat flour, sugar, honey, and meat were not affordable. White flour crepes are as thin as buckwheat crepes but softer as a result of the eggs, milk, and butter used to make them.
Crepe making has evolved from being cooked on large cast-iron hot plates heated over a wood fire in a fireplace to hot plates that are now gas or electric heated. The batter is spread with a tool known as a rozel and flipped with a spatula. It is traditional to hold a coin in your writing hand and a crepe pan in the other and flip the crepe into the air. If you manage to catch the crepe in the pan, your family will be prosperous for the rest of the year.
On February 2, crepes are offered in France on holidays known as Fete de la Chandeleur, Fete de la Lumiere, or “jour des crepes”. Not only do the French eat a lot of crepes on this day, but they also do a bit of fortune telling while making them.
Crepes are popular not only throughout France, but elsewhere in Europe where the pancakes go by other names and adaptations, including Italian crespelle, Hungarian palacsintas, Jewish blintzes, Scandinavian platters, Russian blini, and Greek crepes. Savored for centuries, crepes are celebrating a worldwide revival today and for good reason. Let us introduce you to our hand-crafted sweet and savory delights!