Crepes

Crepes are the delicate cousins of pancake. My son likes pancakes and waffles over dosa, which is a traditional rice and lentil crepe. After we discovered how to make these crepes, he has announced that it is his favorite. Overladen with cream and syrup, this sweet breakfast is his weekend treat. He has to pacify his sweet tooth right from breakfast, I guess!

Crepes with delicious fillingI switched to an electrical skillet to make dosa some time back. I had one earlier, that was used extensively and lost its Teflon (non-stick) coating. Hunting for a new one to replace it was not an easy task. I tried many skillets without the exact result I fancied. The problem was, they did not heat up the surface uniformly. The center was not browning as the heating element was placed on the periphery in those skillets. Finally, I found this futuristic looking French skillet that is a crepe maker and it dispersed heat evenly.

crepe makerWe had numerous dosa sessions with it and I vouch for this crepe machine. It is excellent!

Obviously, I did not use it for its intended purpose. I thought making crepes was some rocket science and never attempted it. A recipe book that accompanied my crepe maker had a variety of preparations from around the world. When I was flipping through it, I realized it was time to try crepes. This maker comes with a wooden spreader and we decided to put that to use as well.

You don’t have to use a special maker to make these crepes, well, I am being a bit showy. Pardon me! A non-stick pan or skillet will do the job.

Crepe batter is made in minutes with basic ingredients available in any kitchen. After consulting many recipes and adjusting a little, I shaped this recipe and got perfect crepes.

 Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. In a medium bowl whisk eggs, add milk and melted butter.
  2. Take flour, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl and add the liquid ingredients to it.
  3. Whisk well until combined and without any lumps.
  4. Heat a flat pan electric griddle to low (2.5 on crepe maker) and lightly oil it.
  5. Pour a scoop of batter onto the skillet. Using the spreader or a flat bottom spoon spread batter evenly on the surface.
  6. Cook on medium heat until bottom turns golden brown.
  7. Release it with a spatula and turn to the other side and cook.
  8. Fold them in three and collect on a plate.
  9. After it cools, unfold and spread whipped cream, sliced cherry and sprinkle with brown sugar syrup.
  10. Fold or roll it and serve.

You can also add 1 cup milk and 1/4 cup water. The batter should be of a pouring consistency and very smooth.

If using a non-stick pan, spread quickly by tilting the pan to distribute the batter thinly. I used the special spreader with a handle in the center to spread the batter evenly on the skillet. Cook for 3o-40 seconds until that side turns brown.

When the edge raises and peels off easily, it’s time to flip the crepe. Continue to cook the other side for about 30 seconds and then remove from skillet. I got 8 crepes from this batter. Cook crepes on medium to low heat. Wipe the surface of the skillet with a clean cloth having a trace of butter after making each crepe.

My son helped me to shape these crepes into big circles with great dexterity. Yeah, he had to work for his breakfast but he was quite amused using the spreader. So I have an official crepe spreader now.

crepesWhen the crepes are made, decorate them with different fillings and syrups to garnish. I filled some crepes with whipped cream, cherry and a drizzle of dark molasses.

crepe with whipped cherry and molassesMy son rolled one with whipped cream inside. These crepes are spongy soft and very flexible.  Currants, raisins or small berries can be included here.crI have some more suggestions for filling crepes in addition to whipped cream:

  • apple slices, nutmeg and cinnamon sugar
  • blueberry, lemon and light molasses
  • banana, honey, cashew nuts and chocolate syrup
  • pineapple, coconut sugar and coconut cream
  • orange segments, chocolate chips and caramel sauce

Do share with me the other fillings you use.

This is another variation with whipped cream, strawberry and maple syrup.

crepe with strawberry fillingLooks like fun…isn’t it? Invite some friends over and try making some with different fillings.

Happy Fiesta Friday # 75! See you there!

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21 Responses to Crepes

  1. Padma says:

    Crepes are a favourite at home….Loving it dear!!..Loved the crepe with strawberries!!

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  2. Your crepes are amazing! They are just beautiful, and I love how you upped the flavor for your little guy! I have never attempted to make a crepe. Can I just have a couple of bites of yours? Mine would sadly not measure up. Thank you for bringing them to FF #75, and enjoy your weekend!

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  3. Angie says:

    I LOVE crepes! I think I need that crepe machine! 😃

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  4. The crepes look so so inviting, especially all laden with cream and cherries! I can imagine how delicious every bite was. 🙂

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  5. I just made these they are so easy an so yummy

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  6. I love your showy electric skillet!! Beautiful crepes! I have cast iron crepe pans- they are a bit showy too 😉 My dad made crepes for breakfast every Sunday morning when I was growing up- we just ate them sprinkled with granulated sugar. Mmmm. Your son is lucky! 🙂

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  7. Crepes take a delicate touch and you’ve nailed it. I want this right now! Wow.

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  8. Balvinder says:

    When you tilt the pan sometimes the crepes do not come out perfect rounds.I like the spreader thing to make them just like dosa. Looks lovely! My daughter loves to have every other day!

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  9. coconutcraze says:

    Yeah, if the pan is hot, it even get cooked and refuses to move. This maker is cool! My son has decided to have it every weekend! 🙂

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  10. Shella says:

    Wow I seem to have missed a lot. Was caught up with the new site and life. I love the uniappams and the crepes and the spice pics were incredible. Hope things are good with you

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