Crepes are the classic French incarnation of the pancake. They are often served sugared, or with a variety of fillings such as jam, chocolate, cream, or even savoury such as bacon and eggs. Learn the kitchen utensils you need so that you can impress your family or guests with this delicious home-made dessert.
Use a Basic Crepes Recipe
There are several dozen different variations of crepe recipes, but it is important to learn the basics before you move on to making more elaborate crepes. One thing to keep in mind is that the crepe is traditionally a simple meal and it is the filling that adds most of the variety and flavour. A good basic crepes recipe is 110 grams of plain flour, two eggs, a pinch of salt, 50 grams of melted butter, and one tablespoon of sugar. You can then use a whisk to blend everything together until smooth. This is your basic crepe batter. Some people add vanilla, orange zest, grated walnut, cinnamon, and different types of flour such as wholegrain flour to add different flavours and textures, but try working with the basic recipe first.
Cook the Crepes Properly
After you make your batter, it is important to cook the crepes correctly. Set one or more frying pans or griddles on a hob at medium heat, add a tablespoon of unsalted butter to the pan, and allow it to melt. Some brands such as Fackelman, Le Creuset, and Pendeford offer crepe pans. You can also buy a crepe machine if you plan to cook crepes regularly or for a large number of dinner guests. Then, use a half of a large ladle or a small ladle to spoon some of the batter into the pancake pan. One large tablespoon or two large tablespoons is usually more than enough batter for one crepe. You can purchase measuring spoons for more accuracy. Remember that the crepe should be as thin as possible. Turn the pan to allow the batter to cover the entire pan, and then wait for one minute or until the edges become golden brown. Use a spatula to loosen the edges of the crepe, flip it over, and repeat the cook time. Using more pans means that your crepes cook more quickly but the best way to keep crepes warm is to heat up a large plate in the oven, and then transfer the crepes to the hot plate as they come off the pan.
Use Delicious Crepe Fillings
Finally, the last step to making delicious crepes is to serve them with delicious fillings. Syrup, chocolate, marmalade, caster or powdered sugar, jam, and home-made fillings are all great options for filling crepes. You can also serve them with fresh fruit if you want to use something healthier.