Makes approx. 18 Crêpes
Bonjour mes amis,
Crêpes have the reputation of being difficult to make but are actually very simple. Whether you want to make a special breakfast in bed, or you’re looking for a different kind of summer dessert that doesn’t involve turning on the oven, these Simple French Crêpes will prove to be a real crowd-pleaser!
The possibilities are endless when it comes to filling them, from drained in chocolate sauce, filled with bananas and drizzled with caramel, to filling them with ham ragoût and cheese. I could go on for a while but you get the picture. The secret to a good crêpes is in the batter, it has to have the right proportions of ingredients and it is best when the batter is chilled for at least an hour or even overnight. This gives the gluten time to do its work, create air bubbles and give the batter a smoother silkier texture.
2 C. plain Flour
1/8 tsp. salt
2 C. whole milk
3/4 C. water
1 tbsp. sugar (omit for savoury crêpes)
1 tbsp. melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract (omit for savoury crêpes)
More butter for frying the crêpes
Start by sifting the flour into a large bowl. Make a little well in the middle of the flour and crack in the three eggs. Beat the three eggs with a fork and start working in more flour as you go.
Switch to a hand beater and start adding the milk a little at a time incorporating and mixing until smooth as you go. Add the remaining ingredients. Mix well. Alternatively you could use a blender. Cover the bowl and place in the fridge for at least an hour.
Bring back to room temperature before frying the crêpes
Heat a 8″ skillet on medium high heat, add 1/2 tsp. butter and swirl the pan to cover the bottom. Now add just under a 1/4 C. of batter ( 3 tablespoons), again swirling the pan quickly so the batter covers the entire surface of the pan. Cook for about two minutes until golden underneath, lift crêpe slightly with your spatula to check. Pour an other 1/2 tsp butter over the crêpe and flip it over, cook for an other one to two minutes. Slide on to a plate and cover with foil. Continue this way until you have used up all your batter. You could keep your crêpes warm in a very low oven. Enjoy with your favourite topping.
NOTE: I freeze leftover crêpes, wrapped individually and take them out as I need.
Looking for more great recipes to try? Be sure to check out this Orange Blossom Peach Tart, with a thin Vanilla Cheese cake layer.