Our French Pâte à Crêpes Recipe is the classical french pancake batter for crepes! I also learned an essential trick to producing the perfect pate a crepe so keep reading! French Pâte à Crêpes or the Basic French Pancakes are thin and light–oh so wonderful! If France had a national fast food, it would have to be crêpes. Actually, lets not think of pate a crepes as a pancake but rather a round, soft piece of flat bread to be filled with an endless variety of fillings both savory and sweet!
French Cooking at Home + French Pâte à Crêpes Recipe
I’ve been learning so much through this new perspective of the ‘at home cook’ in a cuisine that I thought I already knew oodles about! France is infamous for it’s Crêpes and Crêperies and they’re enjoyed in every home.
France is the next country in our Culinary Journey around the World travels… I’m so excited to visit France together! We’re going to be exploring it through the eyes of the at home french cook.
I’m a classically trained French Chef and I love it! Crepes are a special occasion way of preparing food and not what most people typically eat in France on a daily basis.
Tips & Tricks for French Pâte à Crêpes Recipe
My sister, Camey and I have done some traveling in southern France and Italy together and our frequent visits to the Crêperies, which dot the streets and beach fronts everywhere we traveled while in France, were our favorite lunch spots.
French Pâte à Crêpes is the classic french recipe and the trick I spoke of earlier is simple…
• Prepare the batter and allow it to sit overnight in the fridge!
• The batter must be allowed to rest to produce tender and chewy crêpes, for at least 3 hours but most preferable is overnight.
• The batter will keep perfectly for up to three days in the fridge.
• Or cook them all at once and wrap them in a clean kitchen towel to reheat and enjoy through out the day.
• Crêpes are ready to flip when the edges curl and are lightly browned, it’s easiest to just quickly grab the edge and flip it over with your fingers. (You can try a spatula but I think you’ll find that it just gets in the way 🙂
Have fun with French Pâte à Crêpes Recipe
I don’t claim to turn out a perfectly round crêpe or that I am the most proficient at crêpe-making but I sure do have a lot of fun! This simple crêpe pan works just great for me but naturally, having a crêpe maker can produce a thiner, more round crêpe.
Whatever you like to use to cook them; the pan must be HOT so the batter sets quickly and cooks evenly when the batter is poured and swirled.
For beautifully thin crêpes, the batter should not be any thicker than heavy cream, if it is thicker then just thin it with a little water first.
History of French Pâte à Crêpes Recipe
The word crêpe is French for pancake and is derived from the Latin crispus meaning “curled”. Crêpes originated in Brittany (fr. Breton), in the northwest region of France, which lies between the English Channel to the north and the Bay of Biscay to the south.
Crêpes were originally called galettes, meaning flat cakes. The French pronunciation of both words is with a short e, as in bed.
On February 2 crêpes are offered in France on the holiday known as Fête de la Chandeleur, Fête de la Lumière, or “jour des crêpes”. Not only do the French eat a lot of crêpes on this day, but they also do a bit of fortune telling while making them.
It is traditional to hold a coin in your writing hand and a crêpe pan in the other, and flip the crêpe into the air. If you manage to catch the crêpe in the pan, your family will be prosperous for the rest of the year.
These signs are from Catherine’s Creperie Ville de Pezenas
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 cup cold milk
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- In a blender combine water, milk, eggs; blend until combined.
- Add flour; blend for 30 seconds to combine.
- While blender is running; drizzle in melted butter through the access hole in lid.
- Blend for 1 minute.
- Pour into a large bowl, cover, and refrigerate over night or at least 3 hours.
- When ready to cook, remove batter from fridge- it should be thick like heavy cream.
- Heat an 8 inch crêpe pan over medium high heat, pour 1/4 cup batter into the center of pan, tilt pan and swirl batter so it covers the pan.
- Place on burner and cook for about 1 minute or until the edges curl and begin to brown and batter seams set on top.
- Flip crêpe, cook for 30 seconds more, and remove to plate.
- The top will be golden brown but the bottom will look different, it's okay.
- Repeat with remaining batter, fill with preferred fillings.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 77mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g
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At look at French Pâte à Crêpes Recipe in France
Adorable sign from Enseigne Crêperie; Roussillon, France.
A look inside the Crêperie kitchen.
We simply must take a gander at some Crêpes too!
French Pâte à Crêpes Recipe are so simple to make and so much delightful to fill with savory or sweets. Enjoy!
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