This recipe was provided to ABC Action News by BannaStrow's Crepes & Coffee . A new location recently opened at Westfield Citrus Park.
French crepes are not difficult to make. In fact, if you have ever been to a crepe station at a food court, you will probably have seen the way they are made and been fascinated by the ease with which the chef makes and flips the crepes.
You can make them at home. You simply need to put together:
1 cup of plain flour
1 cup of milk
Two tablespoons melted butter
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon of sugar.
Simply mix all together adding between ½ and 1 cup of additional milk or water. The batter should be of the consistency of pouring cream. Let the French crepe batter rest for at least an hour.
Heat a heavy skillet or non stick pan and grease with a cooking spray, butter or oil. With a ladle or rounded spoon pour the batter in the middle and quickly swirl it round with the back of the spoon, as thin as possible. When the underside is cooked, carefully run a metal spatula under it and flip it and cook it briefly.
Your crepe is ready and you should make a stack if you have a lot of people eating. You can freeze the crepes or refrigerate them till required. Put in fillings of your choice - savory can be a combination of cheese, ham, tomatoes, mushroom, salad vegetables, cooked beans, cooked chicken, fish, beef, with some sauce if required. A sweet filling can be simply jam, chocolate sauce, fresh fruits mixed with cream or any sweet sauce like butterscotch or caramel.
Once you get the hang of making French crepes you can try variations in the batter - use different flours like cornmeal, whole-wheat flour, garbanzo flour, chestnut flour in combination. You can also add some sugar to the batter for sweet crepes, as the French do.
Best of all, you can adapt your favorite savory or sweet recipe to use in a crepe. This can be sandwich filling or a dessert. For instance mozzarella, tomato and basil or bacon, lettuce and tomato or an apple pie filling can be used in crepes. French crepes are easy to make and are a change to be had at any time of a day whether for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as any time snacks. Alternatively, just go to your nearest crepe place and eat French crepes whenever you want.
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