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I’ve never had a real French crêpe, even the ones at the overpriced French restaurant Hubster took me to, were definitely Americanized.  I’ve tried several recipes for crêpes and was disappointed with each. Some maybe due to the recipe, some maybe due to technique. I investigated crêpes, looked for trends in each recipe (Yes, I research food and enjoy it) and I tried to create my own. Good thing Hubster got me that new “grapes” pan…

Crêpes

Crêpes

Ingredients for Basic Savory Crêpes:
1 c. flour, 1 1/4 c. milk, 2 eggs, 2 Tbs. melted butter, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, 1/4 tsp. fresh ground sea salt, vegetable oil

Directions for Basic Savory Crêpes:
Combine flour, salt and nutmeg. Add milk, beating at medium speed. Add eggs and continue beating. Stir in butter. Chill batter for an hour. Lightly coat a crêpe pan with oil and heat over medium heat. Pour 1/4 c. batter into middle of hot pan, quickly tilt pan until batter coats it in every direction (just a quick twirl of the wrist should do). Cook for about 1 minute and turn over, cook for an addition minute. Place crêpes on wire rack to cool. Stack crêpes between sheets of wax paper.

Ingredients for Basic Sweet Crêpes:
1 c. flour, 1 1/4 c. milk, 2 eggs, 2 Tbs. melted butter, 1 Tbs. amaretto (Disaronno, of course) or almond extract, 1/8 c. vanilla sugar, pinch of fresh ground sea salt, vegetable oil

Directions for Basic Sweet Crêpes:
Combine flour, sugar and salt. Add milk, beating at medium speed. Add eggs, amaretto and continue beating. Stir in butter. Chill batter for an hour. Lightly coat a crêpe pan with oil and heat over medium heat. Pour 1/4 c. batter into middle of hot pan, quickly tilt pan until batter coats it in every direction (just a quick twirl of the wrist should do). Cook for about 1 minute and turn over, cook for an addition minute. Place crêpes on wire rack to cool. Stack crêpes between sheets of wax paper.

I used a 10″ crêpe pan, if you are using a smaller plan, try pouring 1/8 c. batter into hot pan. Crêpes can be frozen. Stack between sheets of wax paper and stick in airtight container or freezer bag.  When ready to use, thaw and fill as normal. These recipes are basic and allow room to add your favorite herbs or spices depending on the filling and sauce you’re pairing with your crêpes.

Hubster is already planning more ingredient he wants me to try in crêpes.

Do you prefer sweet dessert crêpes or savory dinner crêpes? What is your favorite crêpe filling/topping?

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