Sunday, January 31, 2010

Crêpes: The "tiniest pancake” people fear

Crêpes: The tiniest pancake people fear

What you need:
2 cups Flour
4 tbsp Butter
1 tsp Sugar
2 cups Milk*
4 Eggs
Pinch of Salt
(You can add 1 shot of rum to make delicious dessert crêpes, and to make the most delicious savory crêpes, use sour cream in place of the milk)

This is a very simple recipe, but is daunting to most. Simple place the ingredients into a blender, bled for 1 minute, then chill for at least an hour (this allows the flour and the proteins to bond…a chemical reason, that provides a tasty result). The best crêpes are thin and pliable. To do this, spoon about 1/4 cup of the mix into an 8in skillet, swirling the batter around to cover the entire bottom of the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes, flip, brown for45 second, done. Repeat. Now you have a plate with a bunch of really thin pancakes… so what? The best has yet to come. You are encourages to make larger crêpes, I love using the largest skillet I have, so I have a larger canvas to top!

Topping and Plating Ideas
Sweet Crepes
Nutella (Popular in France)
Butter and Sugar (Popular in France)
Bananas and Peanut Buter
Bananas and Chocolate sauce
Bananas and Nutells (Popular in France)
Powdered sugar (simple, fun, yum!)
(use your imagination for everything, and everything will always be wonderful!)
Pictured with Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Butter, Honey, and Apple Slices!

Savory Crepes
Creme Anglaise*
Tomato Slices
(your favs!)
*Will have these recipes posted in a different blog... They are more difficult than others and are nil at this point if you have other toppings around!

I made a peanut butter and banana crepe to take a picture of. I also made a butter and sugar crepe to photo. If I had whipped creme and pie filling, there would be a stuffed crepe picture as well. The simplest way to plate, is to fold in half then half again, making a triangle. This is common for sweet, simple crepes. Pie filling and whipped cream is a bit different. Place the crepe on the plate. spoon pie filling in the center, then top with whipped cream. Carefully, fold the two ends together, and turn this side down. It almost looks like a sweet burrito, but man its so good! Sprinkling powdered sugar over all the sweet crepes, drizzling caramel or chocolate, or that Epic Cream Sauce I mentioned a few blogs ago, will make this impress all your friends!

Peanut Butter and Bananas with a drizzle of Honey and Brown Sugar! Pictured RIGHT
Drizzle them with chocolate syrup and topped with bananas! PICTURED LEFT

The savory crepes can be plated gorgeously, by folding the corners over sausage links, then placing an egg in the center, drizzling some hollandaise over and sprinkle with herbs... If I had all this today in my house there would be a picture... but the fridge is all condiments today, and the pantry cooking basics! I will eventually have a picture to share!

Its not about rolling the crepe around some meat and cheese, some fruit and cream, or some sugar and butter. The plating is important, and so simple to achieve a wonderful look. Please, submit pictures if you'd like, I love seeing people cook too!



1 comment:

  1. If you do not have a blender, a food processor, or the like, whisk the ingredients together! It's not a problem, do not be afraid of the appliances, just make sure you chill the mix, and everything will be YUM YUM YUM!!!


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