Saturday morning is crepe time at our house. We enjoy them because they are easier to make and healthier than pancakes. Even flipping them in the air is a cinch with a little practice!
The ingredients are very simple and the finished product can be treated like pancakes or loaded with fillings like bananas, strawberries, eggs, or cheese, and then eaten like a burrito.
This recipe makes 7-8 sweet crepes. I included a video that walks you through the steps as well as a number of still pictures.
Step 1: The Recipe
This is the recipe. I recommend that you add the ingredients together in this order:
1 Tbsp. butter
1 cup flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups milk
Step 2: The Video
This is a video that shows how the crepes are made:
Step 3: Melt the Butter
Put the 1 Tbsp butter in the (non-metallic) mixing bowl and microwave on high for 20-40 seconds. Try to make sure that the butter is not totally melted when it leaves the microwave. Use the whisk or a spoon to mix up the butter until it is melted.
Step 4: Add the Rest of the Ingredients
Add in the rest of the ingredients: Eggs, flour, sugar, salt, and milk.
Mix up the crepe batter with the whisk or a spoon until it's smooth with minimal "chunks" visible. Don't go crazy here or use an electric mixer.
Step 5: Cook the Crepes
With the flame set to medium, heat your pan for a minute or so. If you don't have a non-stick pan, you may need to add some butter or vegetable oil spray.
With a spoon or ladle, add the crepe batter to the pan. Check out the pictures and video here for the right amount. I use 2 spoonfuls with my spoon/ladle.
Rotate the pan around until the crepe batter you spooned evenly coats the pan.
Step 6: Flip Your Crepes!
When the first side of the crepe is cooked, you'll notice the edges are starting to brown. It's time to flip it over! You can do this with a soft thin spatula or... you can do the FLIP.
To do a dramatic and awe inspiring crepe flip, loosen the bottom of the crepe from the pan by either just shaking it or, using a thin spatula to loosen it.
Next, while holding the pan in one hand, shake the pan gently so the crepe is hanging slightly over the edge away from your hand.
Give the pan a quick shake forward and up. The crepe will fly in the air and flip over!
Now cook the other side. Check it after 30 seconds. If you see browning, it's probably done and you can slide it onto a plate.
Step 7: Fill Your Crepe
The finished Crepes can be eaten plain, you could use maple syrup or you can stuff them with stuff. These are some alternatives we like:
- Peanut butter and banana
- Sugar and cinnamon
- Yogurt, granola and berries
- Savory with avocado, cheese and turkey (scrambled eggs would also be great)
Try out your own ideas.
Step 8: Conclusion
I think crepes are a better alternative than pancakes for breakfast. They are lower carbohydrate and higher protein. Many people (other than my kids) tend to stuff them with healthy fillings.
Enjoy and post some pics of your creations here if you try these out.