When our family was young, we used to have a big lunch/dinner after church and then an evening snack of French crepes - made by Daddy!
He served a mission in France and learned the REAL recipe and the REAL pronunciation (short e sound like 'bet' rather than rhyming with 'grapes').
We watched the movie Julie and Julia last week and got inspired to return to our French traditions. So Reid made Julia's crepes.
Here's the recipe from page 648:
Dessert crepes, especially if they are for crêpe Suzette, should be as thin and delicate as possible. There are numerous varying recipes for making them; some use egg yolks, others use whole eggs, and still others specify cream rather than milk. The lightness of crêpes made from the following recipe can be attributed to the used of milk diluted with water. If you wish a heavier crêpe, use all milk, or light cream. The batter for dessert crêpe -, like that for entree crêpes, must rest at least 2 hours before using.
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3/4 cup cold water
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 Tb granulated sugar
- 3 Tb orange liqueur, rum or brandy (we used orange juice plus a little vanilla extract)
- 1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 5 Tb melted butter
- An electric blender
- A rubber scraper
The first crêpe is a trial one to test out the consistency of your batter, the exact amount you need for the pan, and the heat. After preheating the pan to about an 8 out of 10, immediately remove from heat and, holding hand of pan in your right hand, pour with your left hand a scant 1/4 cup of batter into the middle of the pan. Quickly tilt the pan in all directions to run the batter all over the bottom of the pan in a thin film. Return the pan to the heat until the edges begin to separate from the pan and turn brown. Lift its edges with a spatula and if the underside is a nice light brown, the crêpe is ready for turning.
You will find it best to lift the crêpes while cooking with your fingers to turn and cook them on the other side. Crêpes may be made several hours before serving time. Pile them in a dish, cover with waxed paper and a plate to keep them from drying out.
This is the BEST recipe I have ever tasted for crêpes.
Here are some of our (not Julia's) favorite toppings:
- fresh lemon juice
- chocolate powder
- ice cream