Monday, March 8, 2021

Classic crepes / How to make French crepes at home

Is there anything better than a plate of warm crepes on a Sunday morning?  Crepes are thin and delicate French-style pancakes made without any leavener.  Even-though the ingredients are almost similar, crepes are very different from pancakes. These are light and delicate with crispy buttery edges.  

 Basic crepes / Classic crepes recipe
Cooking Time : 10 min , Serves : 4 , Calories : 481 cal

All purpose flour : 2cups
Sugar : 2 tbsp
Salt : 1/8tsp
Eggs : 2
Milk :1Cup
Water : 1/4Cup
Vanila Extract : 1tsp
Unsalted Butter : 3tbsp (plus more to grease the pan)

How to Make Crepes

1. Melt the butter : Melt 3tbsp butter in the microwave or on the stove. Allow it to cool for 3 minutes before adding to the batter. (Otherwise you could scramble the eggs in the batter.)

2. Combine all ingredients in a blender: Add the cooled melted butter and all the remaining ingredients into a blender. Blend for 1 minute and your crepe batter is ready (You can definitely make the batter using a wire whisk, but it makes the batter lumpy. Adding into the blender makes the batter smooth and thin.)

3. Chill the batter : This is a crucial step while making crepes. Chill the crepe batter for at least 30-60 minutes before cooking it. This allows the bubbles to subside so the crepes will be less likely to tear during cooking. The batter will keep for up to 48 hours in refrigerator. ( I usually rest them for 30minutes and use that time to clean up the blender and get my skillet ready.)

4. Heat an 8inch non-stick pan : Butter the heated skillet and add little less than 1/4 cup batter in the middle of the pan and swirl the batter. Cook for 30 seconds and flip. Cook for another 10 seconds and transfer to a large plate. Always try to use less batter so you can stretch the batter into a larger and thinner crepe. If you add more batter, your crepes will be pretty thick, still delicious, but very different from the traditional crepes. Repeat step 4 to finish making crepes.

5. Serve with your favorite fillings : I love serving them warm with cold whipped cream / fresh fruit compote/ nutella / apple pie filling / fresh berries.

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