Delicious Crepes

This is part of my Living in Montaigu blog series. Please see my very first blog post to learn more about the series.

While the Gallete De Rois is popular in January: February is the month for crepes!

In France, everyone enjoys Gallete De Rois during January to celebrate the holiday Epiphany. The cake has a small porcelain toy inside similar to the Mardi Gras Kings Cake with a baby inside. The Gallete De Rois is a delicious, flaky pastry filled with almond flavored custard (the original). I also tried an apple caramel version which was especially tasty.  Whoever gets the toy in their piece of cake gets to be king for the day and must buy the next cake.

I was lucky to enjoy Gallete De Rois four times during the month of January!

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Gallete De Rois and macarons from the best bakery in town, Maison Robin. ( I will definitely write a future blog post featuring all the amazing treats from this place!)

Now, back to crepes.  Traditionally, the French eat crepes on February 2nd on La Chandeleur, a Catholic holiday in France.  According to tradition: You should hold a coin in one hand and a crepe pan in the other hand. Flip the crepe into the air. If you manage to catch the crepe, superstition dictates that you will be prosperous for the rest of the year. (Haven’t tried it yet!)

Earlier this week, I learned how to make them! Marie-Therese, one of the housekeepers, taught Lucie and I how to make crepes. I watched and made sure to jot down some notes.

Tried to take good notes…

Ready to make crepes

Ready to make crepes

How can you not be excited? The pan is just way too cute!

How can you not be excited? This crepe pan is adorable.

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Whisking away

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The trick is to tilt the pan

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Alright, I think I can handle this…

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Now that the crepes are ready, here comes the fun part… deciding what to put on your crepe! Lucie & Louise squeeze fresh lemon juice on their crepes and pour a ridiculous amount of sugar on them!

Ready to make crepes!

Personally, I’m a little obsessed with Nutella. So, I chose Nutella, bananas, and frozen raspberry bits for my first crepe. For my second crepe, I had Nutella, bananas and kiwi. The next day, I tried the lemon and sugar crepe which was amazingly sweet and tangy!

I had such a fun day making and eating crepes! I also made sure to go for a nice long run that day. I am excited for a month full of crepes and look forward to making them back at home when I return!

Living in Montaigu

After graduating college with an accounting degree, I became a CPA and went to work for one of the big four public accounting firms. After two years and a few months, I decided I was ready for a change. I was offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to live in France for a few months and experience a different culture before transitioning to a new job in the accounting/finance world. I am currently living with a family in a small town called Montaigu in the Pays de la Loire region of Western France. My main responsibility is to teach their two little girls English (and I am loving it thus far!)

Quick geography refresher

So, I’m sure you’re wondering how this opportunity came about… Well, my boyfriend’s sister, Erin, was the au pair for the same family last year. I met the family when they visited the United States earlier in the year and instantly bonded with the girls.  And that brings us to Montaigu…

Lucie, Louise & Twick

My new (temporary) home – Lucie, Louise & Twick

Streets of Montaigu

Historic buildings and architecture

Rustic & historic homes in the town

One of many bakeries

One of many bakeries within walking distance – The family has two favorite bakeries. This is the one we go to for sweets, cakes & pastries. The other bakery (less than 100 steps from the house – I’ll have to count next time) is where we go for bread.

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Beautiful church behind the girls’ music school (tres jolie!)

And from another perspective...

And from another angle…

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Lovely evening view near the castle

Well… I hope you enjoyed the pictures & my first blog post. There are definitely more posts on the way! I take A LOT of pictures and I always want to blog about EVERYTHING (it’s a little overwhelming!) So… Au revoir! See you soon! Bisous!