The basic crepe
(09 Jun 2021)

The basic crepe

The basic crepe
Makes 10
Recipe by Abigail Donnelly


Ingredients:
140g flour
pinch salt
2 free-range eggs
1 Cup milk
2 Tbsp butter, melted


Cooking instructions:
Whisk all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy in consistency – take care not to overbeat the mixture as this will toughen the gluten. Chill for 1 hour.
Heat a 20 cm non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add 3 T batter to the centre of the pan and swirl around quickly to coat the base.
Cook the pancake for 1 minute, or until the edges are crinkly and the top is still slightly moist but has lost its shine. 4 Flip over and cook on the reverse side.
After the pancake has cooked for 45 seconds to 1 minute on the second side, transfer it to a plate, fill or drizzle with sauce and serve.


SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Buttered apple: Gently heat ¼ cup apple juice, 2 T butter, 4 T cup sugar and ½ apple, cubed, for 10 to 15 minutes. Whisk in 2 T Calvados or brandy and 1 T lemon juice. Serve hot, drizzled over crêpes.
Caramelised banana: Place 50–100 g butter in a large pan with 2–3 T dark brown sugar and melt. Add 4 bananas, halved lengthways, and toss to coat. Cook until soft inside and crisp outside, then use to fill pancakes. Finish off with a light dusting of fresh nutmeg and cinnamon.
Death by chocolate: Melt 200 g good-quality dark chocolate, then whisk in 1 cup cream. Drizzle the ganache over hot crêpes and serve with vanilla-bean ice cream.
For a step-by-step slideshow on how to make the basic crêpe, click the link: How to make the basic crêpe

 

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