What better way to sweeten up your morning than to make a delicious French Crepe for breakfast? Today, let’s head to the kitchen and learn how to make this classic French dessert. What’s great is that a crepe can be enjoyed with either sweet or savory toppings, and any number of fillings.
Crepe is actually the French word for pancake and is derived from the Latin word ‘crispus’ which means ‘curly’ or ‘curled’, and the dish actually has a fascinating history. Did you know there’s a day when the French eat nothing but crepes? The Local touched on the religious holiday La Chandeleur, which celebrates how Jesus was presented at a temple in Jerusalem. In line with this story, the French would wrap a coin in a crepe and then place it in their wardrobes in the hope of being blessed with wealth and happiness for the rest of the year.
Crepes originated in Brittany, so it’s no surprise the locals have discerning tastes when it comes to how they like to eat it. For instance, there was an incident involving two female customers in Brittany who complained about a creperie, and the French police were even called in because the women refused to pay for their order. According to them, the crepes weren’t sweet enough!
Crepes are also appreciated all over the world because they’re easy to make, yet they’re filling and delicious! It’s a good on-the-go snack as well because it doesn’t take much of your time to whip up. If you’re anticipating a busy morning, consider this recipe.
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1. Add the flour, eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla and milk in a large bowl.
2. Using an electric mixer, immersion blender, or whisk, mix all the ingredients together until you form a smooth batter.
3. Heat a frying pan or a lightly oiled griddle over medium high heat.
4. Pour the batter onto the pan, and then tip the pan to spread the mixture evenly across the surface.
5. Cook each side for about 1minute until it turns golden brown. Use a spatula to flip the crepe.
6. Serve hot with your choice of filling.
Just in case you’re lacking some of the key ingredients, don’t worry! There is an alternative recipe to satisfy your crepe cravings. Leesa listed how to make the ‘Poor Man’s Crepe’, which is basically an alterative which looks similar to a peanut butter sandwich. All you need are some slices of bread, bananas, strawberries, peanut butter, and Nutella, and you have yourself a simple, yet satisfying version of a crepe! What’s great is that the recipe is not just ideal for breakfast; it’s also a perfect alternative healthy midnight snack because of the added fruit slices. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, which is a natural relaxant; while strawberries are rich in manganese, which is good for your bones, lungs and brain! So in case your taste buds are craving for a crepe, you can also whip this up in a jiffy!