Yesterday was November 11th which is Armistice day in France - celebration of the end of WWII, same basic idea as our Veterans Day. So - no school and also as I found out - no buses. I had planned on spending the day at Remi's house - and this was complicated by the no bus situation. But, luckily, his mom kindly offered her taxi-ing services to us and I was able to have pancakes after all!
In fact - He actually made two batches so we had pancakes for lunch and then hours later we had pancakes for dinner. I couldn't have been happier.
Now I know what you're thinking. What does this French guy know about pancakes? Or if you're one of my charming friends like Brian, maybe something along the lines of "Sacre bleu!" But after having eaten two batches of French made American pancakes - I can vouch for this guy - Remi knows how to make a pancake.
American Pancakes made in France
250 g de farine (flour)
30 g de sucre (sugar)
2 oeufs (eggs)
1 sachet de levure traditionnelle (packet of yeast)
65 g de buerre (butter)
1 pincee de sel (salt)
30 cl de lait
1. Mix the flour, sugar and yeast together. Add the eggs and mix well.
2. Add the butter (which you have melted beforehand) and then add the milk bit by bit until it is absorbed and mixed in.
3. Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
4. Make (and I quote) the pancakes the same way you would make crepes, but smaller.
For all you math whizzes out there - you can amuse yourself by converting the measurements and making yourself some tasty breakfast!
The first time we ate pancakes I tried it the French way. One pancake at a time and each time a different topping. The first time with maple syrup, the second time with Nutella, and the third time with strawberry and pear jam that Remi's mom made.
The second round of pancakes Remi made enough for us all to have our own 3 stack! Having already committed blasphemy with round 1 of pancakes (really? jam on your pancakes?!) I decided to keep testing my limits. Slyly, I lifted the first pancake in my three stack, and ever so quickly I threw a dab of Nutella onto the second pancake and smooshed it around before dropping the top pancake back into place. Smiling as if nothing were amiss and all the pancakes of the world were safely and sanely being consumed American stlye - I proceeded to pour a hearty glug of maple syrup over my triumphant stack.
Oh my god you guys. You have to try it! Nutella/Maple syrup pancakes are so good! I don't care what anyone says (especially Brian) I'm going to eat them like that forever now.
With my pancake craving sufficiently quenched (thanks Remi!) I am looking forward to returning the favor and making pumpkin pancakes for him when I get back from the states - lugging and dragging a suitcase full of food, among which will be a can of pumpkin!