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Crêpe / Pancake Workshop Shore Excursion from Brest

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  • Small Groups ( 4~8 )

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  • English

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Enjoy a fun & informative Crêpe Making Workshop in the region that made it famous

Highlights

  • Participate in a local Crêpe / Pancake making workshop
  • Learn how to use a Bilig, a Rozell and the spatula
  • End the workshop with a tasting session including Cider
  • Pick up and drop off at Brest Cruise Port

Program & Itinerary

Today, we will come and pick you up at your Cruise Ship in Brest. Depart, in a small group only, for a short drive to a nearby village to experience one of the most interesting & fun activities of the region, Crêpe (Pancake) making. Accompanied by your English speaking driver or driver/guide, reach the local workshop. The experience will take place in English and everyone has the opportunity to ...

Today, we will come and pick you up at your Cruise Ship in Brest. Depart, in a small group only, for a short drive to a nearby village to experience one of the most interesting & fun activities of the region, Crêpe (Pancake) making. Accompanied by your English speaking driver or driver/guide, reach the local workshop. The experience will take place in English and everyone has the opportunity to participate. The workshop lasts 3 hours

On your program:

Demonstration of how to make your pancake batter

Learn about the handling of crepe making and how to fold crepes

Tasting: miniature crepes - salty & sweet - Cider and Apple Juice

The Crêpe as explained by Pascale Filliâtre - Journalist-traveler.

The crêpe is THE Breton speciality: a small, sweet or savoury gourmet treat to enjoy on the go or at one of the region’s many crêperies. From traditions to recipes, here we tell you everything about this treasure of Breton gastronomy.

While the first cakes made with water and cereals and cooked on a hot stone date back to 7000 BC, in Brittany, the crêpe first appeared in the 13th century. Buckwheat – black wheat brought back from Asia to France after the Crusades, and whose cultivation is well adapted to the Breton climate – became the main ingredient.

A Beautiful Curl

In Breton language, the crêpe is called “krampouezenn” (plural, “krampouezh”). In French, the word crêpe comes from the Latin ‘crispus’, meaning curly. When it’s well measured out onto a hot plate, a ladleful of batter takes this curly form in just a few seconds. The “crisp” became the pancake – but could be called the ‘curly’!

Crêpe or Galette

Bretons themselves don’t always agree, but beware of confusing crêpes with galettes! In the pancake, typically sweet, white wheat flour and milk replace buckwheat and water. Eggs are also added. Galettes, made with water and buckwheat flour, are typically eaten savoury. In both cases, apple juice and Breton cider are delicious accompaniments.

Sunshine on a plate

Celebrated on 2nd February, 40 days after Christmas, Candlemas – a candlelight festival according to religious tradition – became the pancake festival. It is said that in Rome in the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I comforted pilgrims with pancakes, a symbol of the return of sunny days and abundant harvests. With their golden roundness, pancakes evoke the light, the sun and the spring – even if in Brittany, you can eat them all year round. 

Bilig, rozell and sleight of hand

To make authentic pancakes, you need the right equipment. The bilig (or pilig) is the circular, cast iron baking pan on which pancakes are made, also called a crêpe maker, tuile or galettière. It is used with a small wooden T-shaped rake, the rozell, to spread the batter; and a spatula, the spanell, to flip the pancake. It sounds easy, but to make a smooth, evenly-cooked pancake, it takes practise.

Butter & sugar or a sausage galette

The classic butter & sugar pancake, always using salted butter from Brittany, is the purists’ favourite. Those garnished with the divine salted butter caramel, jam or chocolate are also very popular. The ‘complet’ (eggs, ham and cheese) is the queen of the galettes. To satisfy big appetites, there’s nothing better than a sausage galette, sold at all the markets in Brittany.

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  • Pick up at your Cruise Ship in Brest

  • Private Transfer to the Crepe making workshop

  • Enjoy a 3 hour Crepe / Pancake workshop in English

  • Return to Ship in Brest Port of Call after the workshop

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Ophorus Tours - Crêpe / Pancake Workshop Shore Excursion from Brest

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  • This activity is not recommended for guests with diatery restrictions
  • Small group, personalized experiences
  • Worry free shore Excursion, guaranteed return to Ship
  • Visit of a local distillery can be booked as extra
  • Prices are per group from 2 to 8 persons - Larger groups please contact us
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Meeting point

Brest Cruise Ship Terminal

Departure

Pick up at Cruise Ship – Brest Port of Call.
Please proceed to exit where your guide will be waiting for you with a sign bearing lead traveler name.

Return

Drop off at Cruise Ship – Brest Cruise Port Terminal

Included / excluded

Included

  • Pick up and drop off at Cruise Ship in Brest
  • Transfer to the Crepe Workshop
  • 3 hour Crepe / Pancake workshop including tasting
  • English speaking driver or driver/guide
  • Premium A/C vehicle

Excluded

  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums
  • Meals and drinks unless mentioned
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide

FAQ

  • What can we expect on this Crepe / Pancake workshop?

    We will come and pick you up at your Cruise Ship in Brest. There is about a 30 minute drive outside of Brest to reach the small village where the workshop takes place. Then you will be handed over cooking aprons so as to protect your clothes and your host will go over the program with you. Learn how to make the batter, turn the Crepes on a bilig ( machine used to make the crepes) and make both sweet & savoury pancakes the Brittany way. Then taste a wide selection of miniature crepes including local Cider & Apple Juice.
  • I have dietary restrictions, can I still participate?

    This Crepe / Pancake workshop includes the use of milk and dairy products as well as wheat, buckwheat, sugar, eggs and a large variety of other foods that are present on the miniature crepes that will be offered at the tasting. Therefore we strongly suggest that if you have dietary restrictions that you do not participate in this workshop.
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