Thursday, September 8, 2011

Crepe Expectations

There's nothing I love more than a good crepe. I've tasted my share of bad crepes and what a letdown because crepes are so easy to make. Any Eastern European girl worth her weight in gold knows how to make a crepe. I learned at my mother's elbow, watching her diligently whisking the flour into the batter, seeing her with a flick of her wrist pour said batter into a circular pattern, coating the pan evenly. It seemed that there was an art to making the perfect crepe, and I was determined to figure it out. I've since figured it out, and this weekend I decided to make some scrumptious crepes. You can make them savory, you can make them sweet- everyone has their own method. I make mine Yugo-style.

serves 5-6
4 eggs
1/2c sugar
~2 1/2c flour
3c milk, divided
oil for pan

In a medium sized bowl crack all 4 eggs. Add 1 cup of milk and whisk.
Add the sugar and whisk again to mix evenly. Here comes the eyeball part- I usually add about 2-3 cups flour. You just have to eyeball it. Add flour and mix.
You want to make sure there are no lumps, or you'll have some lumpy crepes. Add the remaining 2 cups of milk and mix again. The batter should be smooth.
Using a saute pan, add about 1/4t of oil to pan. Heat should be medium-high.
If you see the crepes getting too brown, you can adjust the heat accordingly. Add a ladle-full of batter to pan and swirl pan around. You want to evenly coat the bottom of the pan. You do this by moving the pan in a circular motion, not too fast, not too slow (here is where experience comes to play- don't worry, you'll get the hang of it.)
Using a spatula lift around the edges when you're ready to turn, about 40 seconds. Flip to the other side and allow to cook for about 30 seconds more.
Remove crepe to a plate, and do the same for the remaining batter. Enjoy crepes with:

aunt Jemima (my fav)
any fruit
chopped nuts with vanilla sugar
sugar (my bro likes this)
cinnamon (my other bro adds this to the mixture)
yes, both of my brothers can make this :)

YUM! Great for when you have guests over and you need to make something quick, and equally as great for when you want to make a treat for your significant other or family.