Best Recipe for Crepes – Laura Seacord Cookbook, Canada

I am one fortunate lady. I grew up in a suburb of Rochester, NY. Rochester was the  home of Fanny Farmer Candies.  In my typical middle-class  neighborhood filled with kids, among our neighbors was a Canadian family. They were there because the father was president of Fanny Farmer Candies.

Vintage Fanny Farmer Large Butter Cream Easter Egg Box

Later the family would return to Canada where our neighbor became head of Laura Secord.  Fanny Farmer is pretty well reduced in size to a few stores throughout the US and  has had many owners over the years. But for  you who always loved Fanny Farmer – including those large butter cream Easter Eggs – the dream lives.  Laura Secord has them. They are boxed differently but they are still there!  Some stores will mail to the US, others will not. It is their corporate policy not to do so.  Check their website for store locations and you may find one near you.

One of the projects our neighbor had was coming out with the first Canadian cook book the Laura Secord Canadian Cook Book (1966) and I have a copy (1973). It periodically comes back into print but is available from used and rare book dealers.  I was foraging for a recipe that would come close to the crepes a Dutch woman used to make for me when I picked up the Laura Secord Cook Book.  I tried a recipe I found there and was in heaven. Look in the index under “pancakes” because “crepe” means pancake – not the fluffy American but their wafer-thin French cousins.  You cannot surpass the consistency of a crepe.

Laura Secord French Pancakes (crepes)

Preheat heavy 6″ fry pan and brush with melted butter (I use olive oil because it doesn’t smoke).

Sift or blend together:

1 Cup all-purpose flour.
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Beat together with a rotary beater

3 eggs
2 cups milk

Cover and chill for one hour.

Pour batter onto preheated pan using about 2 tablespoons batter for each pancake (cook singly).  Tip the pan to coat with a thin layer. Turn when brown to brown other side.

Roll up and serve hot with butter, maple syrup or molasses (the old Canadian way).

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10 thoughts on “Best Recipe for Crepes – Laura Seacord Cookbook, Canada

    1. Thank you for taking the time to express your appreciation, Tes. I hope you like it. You have an inviting site. We will add you to our bloglist! I LOVE Asian food as does most of the world.

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  1. Goodness, I remember Fanny Farmer! Although where I grew up, Sees was THE name in candy.

    People around here rave about Fanny Mae candy, but it’s not the same. Good candy, but not the same. There is something about the taste of childhood that can’t be duplicated. 🙂

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  2. The only taste of childhood I have been able to successfully duplicate has been the Fanny Farmer large Chocolate Easter Egg now made by Laura Secord. I have not tasted the other candies. Last Easter I had grown women trying the many I imported via a friend and we were all in tears. They are greatly missed.

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  3. I, too, was lucky enough to grow up in Rochester, NY. My brownie troop went on the best field trip ever – to the Fanny Farmer factory. My grandmother would order chocolates for all her children and grandchildren. I can remember the Fanny Farmer truck pulling up in front of our house, and boxes of chocolate being delivered – a box with a bunny and a buttercream egg for each child. Mom and Dad would get a box of assorted chocolates and the big buttercream eggs. We kept the eggs in the frig and would slice off pieces…the frig door got quite a work out at Easter time. FYI: I was able to order buttercream eggs from Laura Secord for delivery to the states. My hopes are high.

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  4. I too grew up with these FANTSTIC eggs and have tired to replicate them thorugh other companies to no avail- poor imitations. SO EXCITED to have ordered them from Laura Secord- now my duaghter and her grandmother can both share that wonderful memory together, just as I did with mine so many years ago.
    Thank you for this post or I never would have found them! Happy Easter!

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