Let your taste buds soar with one of the most popular adaptations of the classic pancake: the crêpe. Originating from the Latin word ‘crispa,’ which means ‘curled,’ crêpes are thinner and more delicate than a pancake, though usually made of similar ingredients. They are considered to be one of the many timeless cuisines of France and are served along the streets in both sweet and savory styles. The best thing about these delicacies? There are variations between types that make this treat a great breakfast, lunch, or a super sweet dessert, as we will see below.
Ingredients (yields 8 servings):
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- Brown sugar
- Sliced strawberries
- Chocolate sauce
- Whipped cream
1. Whisk together the flour and eggs until blended. Gradually stir in the milk to a smooth consistency before adding in the sugar, salt and butter. Beat until you have achieved an even texture.
2. Lightly oil a frying pan and place over medium to high heat. Use a 1/4 measuring cup to pour the batter onto the pan, tilting the pan in a slow circle so that the batter is spread out evenly.
3. Fry each side of the crepe for about 2 minutes or until lightly browned -- but be careful to keep an eye on each as they cook, as these delicacies are easy to burn.
4. Add your toppings!
For the toppings listed above, first cover the crepe in brown sugar and drizzle honey over this, then layer the sliced strawberries across the gooey surface. Top it off with some whipped cream with chocolate syrup drizzled over and eat either open-faced or rolled up.
As mentioned above, you can replace the sugary toppings with meat and veggies to make a savory dish, which is often called a galette. Whichever way you choose to prepare this dish, the versatility of the crêpe will ensure its spot on the menus and in the bellies of foodies around the world.
By: Rachel Davidson | Images: Source