How to Make Sweet Crepes
Crepes are very thin, French-style pancakes that can be filled or sauced with a variety of sweet or savory mixtures. Unlike other pancakes, crepes do not contain any leavening agents, so they do not puff up when they cook.
Sweet crepes can be topped with prepared chocolate hazelnut spread, jam or marmalade or a variety of other sweet toppings.
I have been experimenting several recipes for sweet crepes and always get disappointed that I did not get the result that I am hoping to achieve, until I try this recipe.
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup whole milk
1 cup all purpose plain flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
Melted unsalted butter for greasing the pan.
Equipment you will need:
9 inch crepe pan
1. Add ingredients to the blender
To make the crepe batter - In a blender, combine the water, milk, flour, sugar and vanilla. Crack the eggs into a small bowl. Check for shells and then add the eggs to the blender.
2. Blend until smooth
Blend the mixture until very smooth and free of lumps. Pour the batter into a large liquid measuring cup or a bowl and refrigerate, covered for at least 1 - 2 hours .
3. Grease the pan
Using a pastry brush dipped in the melted butter, lightly grease the entire surface of a 9 inch crepe pan or nonstick frying pan and place over medium heat.
4. Swirl the batter in the pan
Fill a 1/4 -cup ladle with batter to just below the lip. Holding the pan at an angle above the stove, pour the batter into the pan close to one edge.
Quickly swirl the pan so that the batter covers the entire bottom of the pan. This should happen very fast since the batter will start to cook upon contact with the hot pan.
5. Cook the crepe
Cook, shaking the pan from time to time, until the crepe begins to bubble, the bottom is lightly browned and the batter looks set, about 1 minute.
6. Flip the crepe
Use a small spatula to lift the edge of the crepe, then carefully grasp the edge and quickly flip the crepe over in the pan. Cook for another 10 seconds, until the second side is slightly browned and set.
7. Stack the crepes
Transfer the finished crepes to a place. Repeat steps 3-6 to cook the rest of the batter, stacking the crepes on the plate between squares of waxed paper.
If you are not into sweet crepes, you can make savoury crepes, just omit the sugar and vanilla extract and add a pinch of salt.
Fill savory crepes with vegetables, cheese or meat mixtures. Enjoy !!!
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