Classic crepes are incredibly tasty and delicious. Every recipe must have a classic crepe recipe in their kitchen. No matter you are having crepes, Suzette, like desserts, or savouring crepes filled with ham and melted gruyere for breakfast, crepes are an absolute delight. As tasty as they are, they need to be cooked with care and attention.
Secrets to making the perfect crepes
Making airy, light, slightly browned crepes is extremely easy. All you need is a bit of patience and accuracy. To ensure your crepes are delicate, lightly golden, and eggy, you must follow these secret tips mentioned below:
- Well blended crepe batter
The batter consisting of eggs, flour, milk, salt, and melted butter must be whisked and blended. For this, a blender is recommended. The consistency of the batter is the most important part of making a crepe. It should be slightly heavy, but not entirely runny. Make sure there are no lumps. For a sweet crepe, add sugar and vanilla. You can also chop herbs and grate parmesan steer to add it to the batter.
- Allow it to rest for about 30 minutes
Resting the batter is important as it allows the flour to absorb and mix with the ingredients fully. With time, the batter will settle into a thicker cream, giving you tastier crepes. Though this step is most neglected, this step is the primary secret to having the most delicious, soft, and spongy crepes. Keep the batter at room temperature for about 30 minutes. You can also refrigerate it for two days. Once you have allowed the batter to sit for a while, stir it again. If you notice it has become too thick, add a little amount of milk, a tablespoon perhaps, and gently mix it until the batter becomes thinner.
- Choose the correct pan size
You need to have a well-seasoned crepe pan for cooking the perfect crepes. The size and design must be appropriate. A crepe pan with short sides makes it easier to flip the crepe while its bottom ensures continuous heating and cooking too. Usually, a 7 to inches crepe pan is considered ideal for cooking standard size crepes.
- Put it at medium flame
Set the flame to medium. Allow the crepe pan to get heated before adding the batter. Make sure it doesn’t get too hot. While cooking, consider lowering the flame sometimes. If the heat’s too high, the batter wouldn’t reach the edges of the pan before setting, causing uneven thickness or holes. Too much heat might even burn the crepe.
Before putting the batter on the pan, make sure it’s properly stirred. Proper heating, while the crepe is being cooked, is another key factor that determines the perfection of your crepe.
- Add the right amount of Fat
To prevent the crepes from sticking to the bottom of the pan, butter its bottom. You can use a pastry brush to coat the pan’s bottom with butter very lightly. Make sure the butter is molten. Not only does it prevents the crepe from sticking, but also adds a nice flavour to it. Too much butter would result in greasy crepe, crispy and dark brown and you would surely not like it. So add butter precisely, just as required.
- Measure out the portions
If you are willing to make thin, lacy crepes, add only 3 tablespoons of batter to the centre of the pan. Ideally, the pan size is supposed to be 7 to 8 inches. To put the right amount of batter to the pan, you can use a measuring cup. You can also pour the batter from the pitcher with a spout. Make sure you have buttered the bottom of the pan before this step. If you add the right proportion of batter, you are sure to get the dreamy lacy crepes.
- The proper technique
While putting the batter, try putting it at the centre. Then lift the pan from the heat and tilt your wrist to let the batter pour to one side and again swirl it to the opposite it to make a complete circle. Make sure the batter has spread evenly throughout the pan. One important thing to note here is how you are pouring the batter. Make sure it’s consistent otherwise the thickness of the crepe wouldn’t be even.
Tilting the pan to various directions to spread the batter evenly throughout needs practice. Cooking crepes is an art. No one can make it perfect on the first attempt.
- Use a rubber spatula
After pouring the batter into the pan, wait for a kind 1 to 2 minutes. You would notice it becoming dry on top. Now, it’s ready to be flipped. Use a rubber spatula to loosen the edges of the crepe and flip it upside down. You can also use your fingers for this purpose. Lift the edges, peel the crepe gently and then flip it. Make sure your fingers don’t touch the hot pan. The second side will also be cooked in about a minute. When you see the bottom becoming slightly golden, you would know your crepe is ready.
Always remember that the first crepe wouldn’t be perfect. It’s usually considered to be a trial to know the amount of batter, heat, and technique required.
- A clean towel
As you finish making crepes, you must place them on a clean plate or sheet and cover them with a clean towel until you finish cooking the entire batch. When you cover them with a towel, you ensure they stay warm till they are ready to be served.
- Add a few toppings to make it extra delicious
We have already mentioned that people can have crepes in various ways. You can top it with icing sugar and have it with your favourite jam. You can also combine it with shrimp, seafood-rich lobsters, and gruyere and have it as lunch. Otherwise, you can simply make crepe cakes.
What can you stuff inside crepes?
If you are worried about the filling, it can be anything. You can even prefer to have crepes without filling them with anything.
Stuffing crepes is a way to serve them with delicious add-ons. There are different varieties of crepes that can be cooked in different ways. Similarly, different varieties have to be stuffed with different stuffing items. The stuffing is readily available and doesn’t have to be cooked separately. Below given is a list of the items that you can consider adding to your crepe:
- Sliced strawberries and Nutella
- Whipped cream cheese with fresh fruits
- Bacon or ham and eggs topped with sauce
- Sautéed onions, mushrooms, or bell peppers along with cheddar cheese
You can use any of the above-listed items as stuffing for your delicious crepe.
What can you use as toppings for your crepe?
Just like there are varieties of items to be stuffed inside, there are options for toppings as well. Though this is entirely up to you, there are a few most preferred traditional items that people usually use as toppings. Below given is an elaborate list of such items:
- Fresh berries like raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries
- Apples or peaches cooked down with cinnamon or sugar
- Whipped topping or cream
- Brown sugar, cinnamon sugar, or powdered sugar spread on top
- Fruit syrups, maple syrup, or honey sprinkled on top
- Chocolate shavings and cocoa powder
- Caramel syrup or chocolate with sliced bananas
Can you prepare crepes ahead of time?
It’s best to let the crepe batter sit for a minimum of 30 minutes to allow the flour to hydrate thoroughly. Refrigerating the batter is even a better option. Yes, you can cook crepes before it’s to be served. However, make sure to consume within two days of making.
Make sure to store the batter in an airtight container that wouldn’t pick up other smells of food stored inside the refrigerator. You can consider pouring the batter into a jar with a tight lid. Doing so would also make it easier for you to pour it into the pan.
People do prepare crepes ahead of time and store them carefully in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. However, the texture and taste of a freshly made soft crepe are no doubt better.
If you are storing multiple crepes together, make sure to place parchment sheets in between every crepe. If you have refrigerated the crepes, always reheat them in the microwave for at least 30 seconds. However, the temperature of the microwave also determines how long you should warm the crepes. Ideally, at 325 °F you must heat the crepes for about 5 minutes.
Cooking is an art that only gets better with practice. Making crepes is something that needs patience and experience. We have listed above the 10 secret tips for making the perfect crepes recipe using a crepe pan. By now you must have understood the art of making crepes. So what are you waiting for? Enjoy making delicious, warm, soft crepes for you and your family!