Crepes are one of those mysteries of life. It takes a bit of practice to get them right, but having a good base recipe and the right tools definitely helps the process along. While I have a favourite crepe stand at the Saturday market here in Belfast, it’s quite satisfying to make a bunch of them at home. I have three recipes for crepes: the standard, the savoury, and the sweet. They’re all variations on the same basic ingredient list, and there aren’t really any changes in the preparation.
A note on picking the right pan: Some dishes don’t really care what pan you use. Crepes are not one of those dishes. They’re French. They’re snooty. Pick a pan that is heavy, as this will provide good heat distribution. Look for the “shoulders” of the pan to be steep for pretty, round crepes, and for the sides to be short and flared out for you to flip it easily. Your crepes will love you for it, or, at least, tolerate your existence for long enough to provide a tasty meal.
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup milk
1 cup flour
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons melted butter (plus a bit for the pan)
spatula and additional flipping tool (a cake-frosting knife works really well if you happen to have one of those lying around)
covered bowl for early preparation storage, if you wish
large plastic sealable bags for storage, if you wish
Combine all ingredients in a blender and place on pulse setting for 10 seconds. Allow the batter to sit in the refrigerator for at least one hour; it will keep for up to 48 hours. You can leave the batter in the blender glass if you wish, or you can pour it into a covered bowl. The method really doesn’t matter, but it is important to let it rest so as to allow as many bubbles to escape as possible. Fewer bubbles mean fewer tears.
Heat your pan and add butter to coat the surface. Pour one ounce of the batter into the centre of the pan and swirl the pan to spread the batter evenly. Cook for 30 seconds and flip over. Cook for another 10 seconds and then lay flat on the cutting board to cool evenly.
Continue the process until all the batter is used.
Crepes can be stored in plastic bags in the refrigerator for a few days or the freezer for a couple of months. Make sure you allow frozen crepes to thaw lying flat before trying to separate and use them.
original recipe +
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped herbs, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, etc.
original recipe +
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons liqueur (whatever flavour you would enjoy)