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How to Make Crepes
Make crepes the easy way
I am a true lover of crepes, which is the French word for pancakes. Well made crepes is an irresistible, mouth-watering and extremely versatile type of food. You can fill them with almost anything, ranging from simple ham and cheese recipes for a a snack or dinner with the kids, to gourmet combinations that can be found in the most famous world restaurants and that the best French chefs would go green with envy for. Wether you prefer them sweet, like crepes suzette, or savory, wether you think of them as a simple meal with friends, as a top-notch desert or as the center-piece of a formal dinner party, you can never go wrong with crepes. There are hundreds of crepe recipes to chose from, on the internet or through specialized recipe books and you will soon find the ones that suit you and your family best. But, you might ask, how does one make crepes at home? I have been making crepes for years, and I can assure you that while the whole concept and gourmet connotations might appear scary to a beginner, crepes can be one of the simplest types of food you normally prepare at home. Gone are the days of tossing half-burnt or half-cooked pancakes in the air and skipping around the kitchen trying to catch them up-side down in a pan or skillet, most likely having them land on your face or the floor!!
Homemade crepes are really easy to make and you only need a few very basic things:
- A good crepe batter recipe
- A collection of good crepe recipes
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How to make crepes
The first thing tou need to make delicious crepes is a good basic crepe batter recipe. I have included mine in the recipe box:
The next thing you need is a bunch of yummy crepe recipes. You can fill crepes with almost anything, even fridge leftovers, but a good recipe will make a lot of difference. Here are some good crepe recipes.
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- 4 eggs
- 100 gr or 2 1/2 oz flour
- 6 tbs milk
- 2 tbls melted butter
- 1 pinch of salt
- whisk eggs and milk together in a bowl, then slowly add the flour while mixing, until you have a nice, smooth crepe mix. Add the melted butter and salt and mix again. Place the bowl in the fridge for half an hour before proceeding
Great crepe recipes - Check out these great recipe books for yummy savory and sweet crepes
The best crepe maker
Dip and flip or griddle type?
There is one last thing you need in order to make perfect crepes. A good, reliable, easy to use electric crepe maker. Yes, electric crepe maker. No pans, no skillets, wether you are a complete beginner or a pro, these are too difficult to use and make too much of a mess. The best crepe maker I have ever used is an automatic hand held crepe maker, or dip and flip as they are known. Years ago, when my mother visited the US for the first time, she brought this as a gift for my grandmother. My grandmother never used it, she thought it was "too complicated"!!!!!!! At the age of twelve, I inherited the still unused crepe maker, and started making my first french crepes. Years later, when I married, I could not imagine living without a crepe maker, so one of the first things I bought for my new kitchen was a very similar appliance, but a newer model of course. My family and I spent many happy years cooking and eating crepes thanks to it, until last year it finally stopped working, after almost 15 years of consistent use. The next day, I was on the internet, looking for exactly the same dip plate crepe maker and guess what! I scored even better! I found the same model, but a cordless one! The only problem with my old crepe making machine was that the cord would dip itself into the bowl of batter and become filthy and very difficult to clean up when the batter dried up on it. Imagine my enthusiasm when I found a cordless crepe maker.
Easy to use, compact electric crepe maker for perfect paper thin crepes
The best electric crepe maker - Cucina Pro hand held electric crepe maker
This is the best electric crepe maker I have ever had! It is very simple to use, you just dip it into the batter which you pour into the special dish provided, and just enough batter sticks on its special non-stick surface to make a perfect paper thin crepe every time. Once the crepe is cooked, you just tip the appliance over a plate or other flat surface, and the crepe just slides off. Cooked crepes may appear a little hard or brittle towards the edges, but as soon as you start piling one on top of the other they soon soften and are ready to fill with the filling of your choice. It makes rather small crepes, 7,5 inches diameter, which is fine for a dinner party. It is very easy to clean, and even easier to store due to its compact size.
Best Griddle Type Crepe Maker
If for some reason you don't like the idea of a handheld dip and flip crepe maker, you have another choice. You may use a larger, griddle type crepe maker that sits on your countertop and is very similar to those used by specialized shops and restaurants.
It makes larger crepes, 12 inch diameter, and has a slightly steeper learning curve than the hand held option, in the sense that it needs a little more practice before you can make perfect crepes. The difference is that you have to pour the batter on the special non-stick surface and be very quick and expert at spreading the batter around with the special spreader provided, before it starts setting.
Both products are excellent and with a little practice (by little, I mean just 2-3 ruined crepes), you will soon be able to turn out a batch of perfect crepes in no time.
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