Crêpes . $1.90

The thing about crêpes? They’re absolutely inexpensive to make, yet seem so fancy. Gourmet on budget, for sure. I’ve made a few recipes, yet this is the one I come back to over and over. It makes just enough for my Baked Austrian Crêpes with Apricot Caramel Sauce, one of our favorite Christmas desserts, but even when I only want a few? I’ll still make these and stash any extra in the freezer for a rainy day.

Beautiful Crepes - some showing the top, others the bottom
Beautiful Crepes – some showing the top, others the bottom

There’s no need for any expensive crepe pan – I’ve been using the same old skillet I’ve been cooking in for over 25 years. A non-stick surface is helpful, and a pan that responds well to heat changes, not too thick is helpful. That gives the skillet a chance to slightly cool when it’s taken off the heat and a crêpe is removed and the pan is brushed with butter. When the next crepe goes in, the slightly cooled pan buys you the few seconds needed to swirl the batter across the bottom of the pan before the batter sets up.

Just like with pancakes, the first for me often doesn’t turn out, and sometimes the second doesn’t either! 🙂 It takes a minute to get the heat just right, or maybe it is some sort of weird principle at work! Oh, and I never flip my crêpes – I’m just not skilled enough to get them to land flat on the pan and then I have wrinkled crêpes! I just ease a thin spatula under an edge, and with fingers and the spatula give it a turn. When finished, I do just turn the pan upside down and let the crepe gently fall onto the stack.

Austrian Crepes baked in Custard, served with Apricot Caramel Sauce
Austrian Crepes baked in Custard, served with Apricot Caramel Sauce

To freeze, layer crêpes between parchment or wax paper, place all in a Ziploc bag. They are fantastic to have stashed away – any time you need an emergency dessert, pull out a few and serve however you’d like. Who’s the hero, now? 🙂

Don’t waste the left over club soda! Have a drink, make a soda with ice-cream and chocolate sauce (tastes like a Yahoo) or if you’re making Austrian Crêpes, you’ll soak your cherries or berries in warm water. Mix the club soda with the strained juices and serve over ice for a home-made pop.

A little Chef bonus - juice from the dried berries & left over Soda
A little Chef bonus – juice from the dried berries & left over Soda

Crêpes

  • Servings: 20-25 crepes
  • Time: 45 min + rest
  • Difficulty: medium
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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar *
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups club soda or seltzer (from a new bottle)
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted

In a bowl whisk together flour, sugar, and salt. In another bowl whisk together eggs, milk, and club soda or seltzer and add to flour mixture in a stream, whisking. Whisk batter until smooth and chill, covered, 1 hour.

Stir batter well. Heat a non-stick skillet measuring 8 inches across bottom over moderate heat until hot. Brush skillet lightly with melted butter. Remove skillet from heat. Fill a 1/4-cup measure three fourths full with batter and pour into skillet, tilting and rotating skillet quickly to cover bottom.

Return skillet to heat and cook crêpe until underside is golden and top is dry, 15 to 30 seconds. If your crêpe is not quite thin enough, and the top side isn’t dry, turn crêpe over and cook about 10 to 15 seconds. Slide crêpe onto a kitchen towel or parchment paper to cool.

Make more crêpes in same manner with remaining batter, brushing skillet lightly with butter for each and stacking crêpes to cool. Crêpes may be made 3 days ahead and chilled, stacked and wrapped well in plastic wrap.

* For a savory crêpe, cut back or omit sugar from the recipe.

Adapted from: Gourmet, December 1994

from the kitchen of http://www.frugalhausfrau.com

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22 thoughts on “Crêpes . $1.90”

  1. I love crepes but almost never make them. It takes a little time but is so well worth it and as you pointed out, not very expensive! 🙂

  2. I am sooo relieved to hear I’m not the only one who has trouble with the first couple of crepes or Swedish pancakes…they always end up getting tossed. Thanks for sharing your obviously perfected method and recipe with all of us at Fiesta Friday!

    1. Thanks, Nancy! 🙂

      I know it seems crazy, but I invariably find myself frustrated with the first couple – Maybe it just makes me feel better if I think the first two are gonna be goofed up, then if it is only one, I feel like it’s a triumph! LOL!

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