If you’re heading to France, particularly Paris, you are likely overwhelmed with the amount advice and recommendations people are throwing your way. Here’s one that should stick out: eat some crepes! They are absolutely one of the most simple culinary delights in a food culture full of allstars.
A new French cafe has moved into my neighborhood. This is both wonderful and scary at the same time. Wonderful because of the fragrant deliciousness that awaits and scary as I’m not sure my waistline can handle anymore sweets!
If you have never had the perfect crêpe then you should get online right now and search for the best French cafes in your area. A true French crêpe is a thing of beauty!
A crêpe is a thin French version of a pancake. Unlike American pancakes that are kept flat when eating, a French crêpe is packed with various fillings and then rolled. You can eat savory crêpes that are usually filled with meat and vegetables or sweet crêpes that are more of a dessert. What awaits the senses inside a French crêpe is almost always something delicate and extremely flavorful.
The next time you visit France (because, let’s face it, everyone should visit France!) be sure and stop at one of the many street vendors who sell freshly made French crêpes. In general, the vendor will have a round, flat electric crêpe maker. A small amount of crêpe batter is spooned onto the grill and then a special tool is used to evenly spread the batter to create a light, perfectly round French crêpe.
The crêpe vendors make this French delicacy so fast and effortlessly that one is tempted to walk away thinking it is easy. The reality could not be farther from the truth! All you need to do is attempt homemade crêpes one time to know that it is much harder than it looks.
To get you started on your journey of crepe making, here’s a simple recipe. Don’t be discouraged if it takes you several times to truly master the art of crepe making. To start, gather the following ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
Dash of salt
Dash of sugar
1.5 cups whole milk
2 large eggs
3 Tbs. butter
Mix the flour, salt, sugar, milk and eggs until well blended. For the best possible crêpes, let the batter sit for 30 minutes in the fridge before proceeding.
Using a 10-inch skillet, melt a little of the butter in the pan. Pour in approximately 1/4 cup of the crêpe batter and immediately begin to tilt the pan until the batter evenly covers the bottom of the pan.
Cook until the edges are golden brown and start to crinkled . Flip the crêpe and cook for about 20 more seconds. Remove the crêpe and place on a plate.
Here comes the fun part! You can fill your crêpe with just about anything. Add homemade whipped cream and strawberries. Spoon nutella onto the crêpe and then add some bananas. You can even add berries and ice-cream inside your crêpe. Or, if you prefer the traditional route, sprinkle the inside of the crêpe generously with sugar and then fold into four quarters. Sprinkle the outside of the crêpe with powdered sugar and sprinkle with a little lemon juice.
If you want to spice up your crepe experience a bit, try making Water Spinach Crepes with Coconut Creme Sauce. This recipe from our friends at Jen Reviews is the perfect outline for building a dish that is as delicious as it is unique, and the ingredients are super simple.
However you make your crêpes, the best way to enjoy them is with others! The main ingredient inside of a good French crêpe is community so invite some fellow language lovers over for a crêpe dessert night. Throw in a delicious French wine and let the evening go as it may!