Crepes (sweet and savory)

Notes: from the French Laundry Cookbook by Thomas Keller. My twin sister swears by this recipe. It's very easy to make - just make sure that you have a non-stick frying pan. For the "pinch of salt", she recommends using 4 fingers to pinch for savory crepes and 2 fingers to pinch for sweet crepes. We generally skip the chives.

Scant 1 cup all-purpose flour
Pinch of kosher salt
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups milk
4 tablespoons (2 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon minced chives

Place the flour and salt in a bowl and create a well in the center of the flour. Whisk the eggs and milk together and pour into the well. Whisk the flour and egg mixture together, then whisk in the butter. Strain the batter through a fine-mesh strainer and stir in the chives.

Heat an 8 1/2 inch non-stick crepe pan over medium heat until hot. Spray with a non-stick spray, then use a 1-ounce ladle to pour the batter into the center of the skillet (or add 2 tablespoons of batter to the skillet). Rotate the skillet in a circular motion to cover the bottom of the pan evenly with the batter (if you hear it sizzle in the pan, your heat is too high). Cook for 30 to 45 seconds to set the batter. Then use a small, narrow spatula to gently flip the crepe. Cook for only 10 to 15 seconds more, to set the second side.

Remove the crepe and place it with the nicer side down on a paper towel. Repeat for the remaining crepes, spraying the pan as needed, and layering the paper towels and crepes.

When you are ready to fill the crepes, just lift up the paper towels and fill the crepes - the best side of the crepes will be on the outside.

Crepe fillings

The filling determines if the crepes are savory or sweet.

For savory crepes, we like to gently sautee chopped tomatoes and spinach together. Then mix this with mozzarella cheese. Place a small amount in the crepe and fold together. You may need to microwave the crepe to get the cheese to melt.

For sweet crepes, we like to use lemon juice and sugar.

24 May 2009