ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Classic French Crepes

Updated on August 20, 2007

Crepes are a classic of French cuisine, a specialty of northern France, in particular the region of Brittany.  With a little practice, they are easy to make and can be used to prepare dishes in endless variety.  Appropriate for any time of day and any level of sophistication, from a casual lunch to a gourmet dessert, crepes are a delicious and practical dish to add to your culinary repertoire. 

Practice Makes Perfect

Crepes can be made in a crepe pan over the stove, or with an electric crepe maker. If you have neither, you can make crepes in a frying pan, but the high sides will make it more difficult for you to turn the crepe without damaging it. Usually, when first making crepes you will end up ruining the first three or four, but once you have the temperature of your crepe pan or maker just right, and have mastered the trick of spreading the batter and turning the delicate crepe, you can turn out a batch of crepes quickly and easily.

Crepe Pans

Crepe pans have low, gently sloping sides to enable you to easily turn and remove the crepe from the pan. They come in diameters from about 5” for blini up to 12”. If using a crepe pan, heat the pan over medium-high heat then oil to the pan. There should be just enough oil to lightly but evenly coat the surface of the pan. A pastry brush works well for this. The amount of crepe batter to add to the pan will necessarily depend on the size of the pan, but an 8” crepe pan or frying pan will require a scant ¼ cup of batter. Pour the batter into the hot pan and immediately swirl the pan around to evenly coat the bottom of the pan. Pour out any excess batter. The coating of batter should be very thin, about 1/16” thick. Return the pan to the fire. It should take about a minute and half for the crepe to cook. It is ready to turn over when the batter has set and is dry around the edges. Turn the crepe with your fingers or a thin, flexible spatula. The second side will cook in under a minute.

Crepe Makers

An electric crepe maker is a large round griddle with a heating element and is quite a bit larger than a crepe pan; from 12” to 18” in diameter. With no rim on the heating element, it’s very easy to turn and remove the crepe. An electric crepe maker is the tool to use if you want to duplicate the large and perfect crepes found in Parisian street side crepe stands. To use the crepe maker, heat it to the appropriate temperature and apply butter or oil with a pastry brush. Using the amount of batter recommended by the manufacturer for your size crepe maker, spread the batter in a circular motion with the included tool known as a crepe rake or crepe spreader. To turn the crepe, use the long thin crepe spatula that is perfect for handling a delicate crepe that could be up to 18” in diameter. Depending on the make and model of the crepe maker, you can make a crepe in as little as 30 seconds.

Classic Savory Crepe Recipes

Traditional Buckwheat Crepes for Savory Fillings

1-1/2 cup buckwheat flour

1-1/4 cup milk

1-1/4 cup water

3 large eggs

1 tablespoon melted butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

Put all ingredients into a blender carafe and blend briefly at medium speed. Stop and scrape down the sides of the blender jar; then blend for another 5 seconds. Pour out the batter into a mixing bowl, cover and let rest for 1 hour before using. Makes about 20 8" crepes.

Fillings for savory crepes are as varied as there are ingredients. You can use any combination of sliced or chopped meat, sauce, cooked vegetables and shredded cheese. Here is one of my favorites.

Ham and Asparagus Crepes

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons butter

1-1/4 cups milk

2-1/2 cups grated Swiss cheese, divided

Salt and freshly ground pepper

8 buckwheat crepes, 8" to 10" in diameter

16 slices black forest ham

16 asparagus spears, cooked until crisp tender

Pre-heat oven to 400 F and grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk and stir until mixture is homogenous and no lumps remain. Continue to stir until mixture thickens. Stir in 1 cup grated Swiss cheese. Salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.

To assemble, take a buckwheat crepe and top it with two slices black forest ham and two asparagus spears. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of grated Swiss cheese, roll up and place in prepared baking dish. Repeat until all 8 crepes are made. Pour sauce over crepes and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Place in oven and bake until top is bubbly, about 20 minutes. Pass under the broiler for the last few minutes to lightly brown. Serves 4.

Classic Sweet Crepe Recipes

Basic Crepes for Sweet Fillings

2 cups all-purpose flour

2-1/2 cups milk

4 large eggs

1/4 cup melted butter

2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Put all ingredients into a blender carafe and blend briefly at medium speed. Stop and scrape down the sides of the blender jar; then blend for another 5 seconds. Pour out the batter into a mixing bowl, cover and let rest for 1 hour before using. Makes 24 8” crepes.

Sweet crepes are delicious topped with nothing more than butter and sugar, or can be filled with Nutella or pie filling and topped with whipped cream or ice cream. Below is a recipe for classic French dessert, Crepes Suzette.

Crepes Suzette

1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1/4 cup butter

2 tablespoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest

12 crepes for sweet fillings

1/4 cup Grand Marnier

In a 10-inch skillet over low heat, heat orange juice, butter, sugar and zest until butter melts. Fold crepes into quarters and arrange overlapping in the pan. Simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes. Pour Grand Marnier into the center of the pan, but do not stir. Heat for 1 minute, then flambé by touching it with a flame from a long-handled lighter. Serve as soon as the flame dies down. Serves 4.

Comments

Submit a Comment

No comments yet.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)