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Make Crepes from Scratch
Making crepes at home is as easy as cooking pancakes. You don't need a special gourmet crepe pan, either. A small nonstick pan will work just fine.
Here is a simple step-by-step method for making crepes. The accompanying photos will show you exactly how to create these delicious treats for your guests or family.
You can follow this basic crepe recipe which can be modified to add sugar for dessert crepes.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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Making the Crepe Batter
Whisk the flour, eggs, milk, salt, melted butter, and optional ingredients in a bowl until smooth. The batter will be watery.
Heat up a nonstick pan over medium-high heat.
Using a ladle, pour a few tablespoons of crepe batter onto the center of the pan.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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Coating the Pan with Batter
Holding onto the handle of the pan, remove it from the heat and swirl the pan so the batter coats the bottom of the pan. You want to make the coating as thin as possible. If you have holes in the crepe, go ahead and add more batter to the pan to cover them.Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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Coating the Pan - Part 2
If you are using a pan with sloped sides, use the side surface to increase the size of the crepe. Swirl the pan around so batter evenly coats the sides. Return the pan to heat.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Loosening the Crepe
The batter will quickly dry and loose its shine. It's time to turn the crepe over.
Use a non-metal spatula to loosen the crepe from the pan.Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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Flipping the Crepe
Use the spatula to flip over the crepe. It's perfectly acceptable to use your fingers if necessary. If you're really talented, try flipping the crepe over in the air using just the pan.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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Flipping the Crepe - Part 2
Finish turning over the crepe and make sure that all of the crepe bottom is in contact with the pan.Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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Finish Cooking the Crepe
Finish cooking the crepe. It will only take about 30 seconds for the second side to cook.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Removing the Crepe from the Pan
After the crepe has finished cooking, gently slide it out onto a plate. If you like, you can stack the crepes in an ovenproof dish and keep them warm in the oven set at 195 F.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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Filling the Crepe
Now it's time to fill the crepe. Place the filling about a quarter of the way in on one side of the crepe.
Possible crepe fillings you might like:
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- Steamed asparagus with ham
- Sweetened Ricotta
- Fresh Fruit
- Peanut Butter and Bananas
- Pulled Pork
- Apple or Cherry Pie Filling
- Sweetened Cream Cheese with Strawberries
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