Around the World in 12 Dishes: France: Crepes

A crepe is a very thin type of pancake that originated in France.  Crepes are very versatile and can be either sweet or savory.  A common savory crepe may have cheese, ham, spinach, eggs, mushrooms, chicken etc. And a sweet crepe can include sugar, maple syrup, whipped cream, sliced fruits, jam, peanut butter, and chocolate. After looking through a number of recipes online, I chose to go with this crepe recipe from food.com.  I noticed that most sweet crepes have sugar in the batter, and savory crepes omit the sugar.  So if you’re looking to make a savory crepe, I would just omit the sugar.

Here’s a wonderful France Placemat you can print our for your child(ren) to color.  And a printable passport to learn more about the country.

We made a delicious chocolate hazelnut strawberry banana crepe.  Here’s how we made it:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Hazelnut spread
  • Whipped cream

Directions:

Mix together 1 1/2 cups milk, 2 eggs, 1 tablespoon oil and 2 tablespoons sugar.

Add 1 cup flour until combined.  We then let the batter rest for about an hour in the refrigerator (hopefully it was enough…we couldn’t wait to make our crepes any longer).  I noticed many recipes recommending you let the batter rest for a day, and some recommending only 20 minutes.  I decided to do a little search on the reasoning for this, and I found one here from a blog called thekitchn.

Heat a nonstick skillet on medium and lightly coat with butter.  Remove from heat, pour 1/4 cup batter onto skillet, turn pan to spread batter.  Cook until the underside is a golden brown (may take 2-3 minutes).  Loosen the edge with a spatula, then with your fingertips, quickly flip the crepe over. Be careful…it’s hot!  Cook for another minute or so and then flip onto a plate.

Next we cut up some bananas and strawberries to put into our crepe.

My daughter couldn’t wait to taste the fruit and started eating from the bowl.

We spread a tablespoon of hazelnut spread and added our fruit.

Here’s my daughter again…couldn’t wait for mommy to take a photo of the crepes…she had to taste the whipped cream to make sure it was good.

Finally!  She is able to taste her creation of this delicious French “pancake”.  And she loved every bite!

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