Who doesn’t like fluffy crepes for breakfast? They are lighter than pancakes while being a healthy meal. Crepes are often heavy on your taste buds, but light on the diet and gentle on the stomach. Another big advantage is, you are free to stuff them with any fillings - from sweet to savory - according to your choice since the taste is not predetermined.
Today I’ll show you how to make crepes with a crepe maker if you have never used this cooking device before or if you want to try making crepes at home.
Combine all the ingredients in a blender or a large mixing bowl with a whisk until completely mixed. Make sure the batter is thin and lump-free. You can add extra flavorings or food colors of your preference.
However, always remember that simpler batter is better when it comes to crepes. So, don’t overdo it. Let it sit for about two hours in the fridge so the starch of the flour absorbs the batter’s liquid as much as possible.
First, wipe off the cool surface of your crepe maker using a lint-free damp cloth to remove any dust. Keep the flame medium and place your pan on the unit. Preheat it for around 4-5 minutes. As for an electric crepe maker, plug the maker in and set it to a low heat.
A red light will turn on to give the signal if it is warmed up or not. If the pan is too hot, ripples will be formed with a sizzle as soon as the batter hits it. If it is too cool, the batter will slip around and won’t take any shape. So, it is important to bring the pan to the right temperature.
You need to lightly grease the griddle at this point. Brush it with melted or clarified butter. You can also spray with a nonstick spray or cooking oil and then spread around using a folded napkin.
You can either pour the batter on the griddle or dip the pan into it depending on the model of your crepe maker. Dip the hot pan surface about a quarter inch in the batter and hold it for around three to five seconds.
Lift it off, flip back quickly, and place it down again on the base. The pan surface is going to be covered with a light coating of the batter. Or, pour in quarter-cup batter.
If you want to achieve the perfect thickness and round shape, use a crepe spreader. But not all models are accompanied by their respective spreaders. If your crepe maker a doesn’t include one, purchase it separately. It helps you spread your crepe evenly in a thin and smooth layer.
The tipping and rotating part is a little tricky, but not so difficult. Moreover, once learned, this skill is rarely forgotten. This motion must be performed immediately after you pour the batter before it gets time to set on the hot pan. If your crepe gets holes, immediately fix with a little batter putting over the hole.
Keep in mind that your first crepe might not turn out to be good. It’s all about trial and error. You have to practice a bit to master the technique. Only one batch of crepe batter should be enough to enable this skill.
Once large bubbles begin to form, it is the time to flip off the crepe. It can take approximately one minute. You should use a crepe spatula or a butter knife to loosen up the edge and flip it.
It will easily come off without taking much effort if you grease the pan well. If not, grab the edge, pull gently, and peel off. Avoid scraping, this may rip the crepe as well as cause damage to the crepe maker’s cooking surface.
Now cook it until the other side also turns golden brown. The whole thing will be baked within one to two minutes in total and ready to serve. Drop it down onto a serving plate turning over the maker or using the crepe spatula and add your favorite toppings or fillings. Electric makers will have an indicator or turn on a ready light when done.
You can comfortably make the pancakes, galettes, and blini as well on crepe makers instead of general griddles because of its nonstick coating and low sides. The paratha, naan bread, and tortillas are commonly flipped by hand. So, the low sides of a crepe maker will make it easier for you to do so. The nonstick surface of its pan won’t let the pita stick to the bottom and release it without any difficulty when tossed. You can roll off the smaller size dosa effortlessly over these nonstick pans.