Demystifying Crepes


I recently decided for the price that I was currently shelling out for crepes, I needed to knuckle down and learn to make them at home.  The whole family loves them and I knew that the ingredients were simple.  Now I have a confession to make.  I can make a waffle, I am a master at french toast.  But when it comes to the simple “American” pancake, I am a failure.  I get flip happy, want to flip them too early or get distracted and flip them too late.  For years, pancakes have been my husband’s job.  I’m sure I could have mastered them at this point, but in my opinion, they weren’t worth it.  To me the “American” pancake is just . . . meh.

But I love what most of the rest of the world refers to as a pancake — crepes!  Give them to me savory or sweet, I love them!  I prefer to eat them with butter, sugar and cinnamon or butter, powdered sugar and lemon.  But, you could load that baby full of spinach, mushrooms, egg, cheese, ham, whatever and I am happy too!  I decided with all the money I have put into the crepe industry over the years, I should learn how to make them at home.  And so I did.  Here are the steps and pictures to prove it.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 tbs. oil (vegetable or olive both seem to work fine.)
  • 1/4 tbs. salt.

Ready to go!

 

That’s it!!  My second time around I added a bit of vanilla extract for sweet crepes, but it’s certainly not necessary.

Step One:

  • Add all the “wet” ingredients to a bowl, leaving room for the dry ingredients.

    Milk, Eggs & Oil

Step Two:

  • Insert the flour into a sifter and add slowly to the bowl while whisking.  This will prevent you from having lumps and putting everything into a blender.

My OLD sifter

Smooth, no lumps

 

  • You want the batter to be extremely thin, not at all like traditional American pancakes.  If it seems to thick, you can add a bit more milk.

Step Three:

  • Chill for at least one hour.  I have chilled it overnight for crepes the next morning as well.
Gogurt plug!

Step Four:

 
  • While waiting play some pirate magnet poetry.
Aaaarrrrggh!

 

 

  • And assure your dog that you’re not crazy for taking pictures of food.
Mr. LeBeau peeks from behind the fridge

Step Five:

 
  • Heat a non-stick pan on medium heat.  I prefer using a 12″ skillet, but it’s up to you, depending on how big you want the crepes.

 

. . .

Step Six:

  • Butter the pan gently.  Your first crepe might be a little oily and may have to be tossed out, that’s perfectly fine.

 

Step Seven:

  • Pour enough batter in to THINLY coat the bottom of the pan.  For a 12″ skillet I use a 1/3 cup.  I rotate the pan to get it to coat the bottom evenly.

Calphalon plug!

 

  • You will wait for the crepe to appear dry on top and the edges to curl away from the pan a bit.  Usually between 45 seconds and 1 minute 30 seconds.

    . . .

 

Step Eight:

  • You can use a rubber spatula to gently run under the crepe and flip it.  Apparently it’s tradition to flip the first crepe up in the air with a coin.  I’m not there, yet.  🙂

Yummy! You might want to let it brown a bit more if you want it more crispy.

 

Step Ten:

Enjoy!

. . .

 

I’m still learning, I have only made them a few times but I found them to be really easy!  Try them at home, you won’t be disappointed.

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About pageturnershollow

My life is in constant motion and sometimes I just need to take a moment to breathe. I have learned to laugh at the hardest parts or my life and move on with optimism. Most days around here end with laughter.
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4 Responses to Demystifying Crepes

  1. Mom says:

    It looks good. good work

  2. I’m going to try this later this week. Ham, goat cheese and spinach crepes sound like an awesome “on the patio” dinner.

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