Crêpes

Monday, 17 December 2012
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I was first introduced to crêpes on my second visit to Paris. My friend and I were wandering around the St Ouen flea market when I came across a queue by the tiny stall squeezed in between a rambling hodgepodge of junk (or treasure depending on how you see it). The crunchy paper thin pancake smothered in nutella was heaven on earth.

I'd never ever thought of making them thinking that it'd be far too complicated and required a foreign looking spatula. My friend, Tiphaine who's from Brittany where crêpes originated gave me a much needed demonstration. I had no idea that savory crêpes or otherwise known as galettes are made of buckwheat flour which has a  different texture from the sweet version. It's incredibly easy to make provided you have a good non stick pan (Tiphaine recommended this pancake pan). It beats paying £3.50 for a small crêpe when you can make it for pennies.

You can spread nutella or sprinkle icing sugar and lemon or try a more fancy version with strawberries and cream. 

Julia Child’s Master Crêpe Recipe (recipe from GratineeBlog)
Ingredients:
1 cup flour
2/3 cup cold milk
2/3 cup cold water
3 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons melted butter, plus more for brushing on pan

Directions:
1) Mix all ingredients until smooth in a blender or with a whisk. Refrigerate.
2) Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Brush with melted butter.
3) Pour in 2 to 3 tablespoons of batter into the center of the pan and then tilt the pan in all directions to cover the bottom evenly. Cook about 1 minute, or until browned on the bottom. Turn and cook briefly on the other side.
4) Cool on a rack or plate as you finish making the rest. Serve as desired.



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 16-trumpet

After a decadent crêpe lunch, we headed out to explore the Christmas market for the dozenth time only to see a queue that snaked around the Cathedral. At the slightest hint of sunshine, what appeared to be the entire Hampshire county, decided to descend upon the small town. There was a brass band on every corner including an unfortunate bagpipe player whose prowess was given a blow by blow critique by the hubby who'd never ever held one in his life.


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16-milk
16-doll
16-lantern


I was tempted to get a couple of humorous plaques myself. Or even better still, have one made - Be careful, she bites. Before coffee. And on Mondays.

20 comments:

  1. Ooo, homemade crepes! Yummy! Love the shots you at the Xmas market. And you're too funny about making a plague for yourself! :D

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  2. OMD I love crêpes. In France we have this holiday called Chandeleur when all we eat for dinner is sweet crêpes. Best dinner ever!

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  3. Love crepes! What a phenom post! Hugs from Cali! xx The Golden Girls

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  4. Oh crepes are delicious, I've never even considered making them, very impressive!

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  5. I've been nom noming on crepes since I was a nipper and I can't think of anything better than my Mom's homemade ones.

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  6. I loove a good crepe! i MISS pARIS!

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  7. Oh dear, i'll never get used to this English way of measuring recipes with cups and quarters of spoons ! After a quick translation, yours look a bit thick, though there are as many crêpe recipes as girls behind the pan !
    For three eggs, I add 50 cl milk, 1 table spoon oil, 1 tbsp sugar, a pinch of salt, 300 gr flour and a small beer (25 cl), that's for the North of France flavour !
    And Nutella + crème chantilly for kids !!
    But it's the result that counts, yours look very yummy !

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    1. Thank you for sharing your recipe! I can't wait to give it a go. I'm still a novice at crêpe making but am dying to try your version.

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  8. Crepes and Nutella what a delicious combination!

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  9. One of the best crepes I had was in Nice, Cote d'Azur.. simple with some chocolate sauce but the texture made a lot of difference. Thanks for sharing the recipe, will give it a shot!

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    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES DAILY
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  10. OOOh crepes, I love them so much better than pancakes which are indigestion city. I spend hours in New York looking at plaques and gently laughing (probably quite madly) to myself. I'm the "she does from 0 to bitch in 5" kind of gal.

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  11. OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH i love loveeee crepes.. so going to try out this recipe! your crepes look divine!!

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  12. Ooh love crepes. Can I just call them pancakes though? Ben and I fight over them. Grumps is a lemon and sugar and Ben and I am a butter and sugar - all yummy badness. The plaques are brilliant and beautiful pictures as always.

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  13. That crepe looks ridiculously delicious mmm!! Droolllling!

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  14. I LOVE crepes - both savoury and sweet ones. Craving one now!

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  15. Why am I reading this at midnight HK time? Now I want crepes ;)

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  16. When I lived in San Francisco, there was a french creperie close by my work, and I would order savory ones all the time. I was also at my heaviest while living there!
    - Aliya :)

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  17. Love crepes! There's a delicious little creperie near my apartment, but the gentleman has a knack for making them too.

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