One of my favorite Christmas gifts this year was the Cucina Pro Crepe maker from my hubby. Only $40 at Amazon, and worth every penny. My friend had introduced me to the wonder of crepes last year, but I was on the fence for buying one. So, I put it on my wish list. Lots of my gifts this year seemed to be things I want but wouldn’t buy for myself – that strategy worked pretty well.
Anyhow, the whole family is loving this new appliance. Just take a look at the results – yep, I made that lovely crepe in my very own kitchen! See below for the recipe – I’ve made 3 batches since Christmas Day.
Here’s what the crepe maker looks like. And it comes with that cool little wooden rake. Yes, you can make crepes without the electric maker; however, the ability to have even heating makes a big difference in the results. It’s easy to clean up, too.
Here are my five tips for making perfect crepes at home:
- Make up the batter (see recipe below) and let it sit for 30 minutes prior to starting your crepe making.
- Melt butter and spread it on the griddle surface between each crepe.
- Separate the crepes with sheets of wax paper or paper towels as you cook.
- Make up more crepes than you think you need – they store well in the fridge for a few days, and you can heat them easily in the microwave.
- My favorite toppings include: Nutella alone or with Bananas and/or Strawberries, Blueberries and whipped cream. Or, fold them in half and sprinkle with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar.
Here’s the recipe that I use (thanks Parissa!). This makes about a dozen or so crepes.
Crepe batter Ingredients:
3.5 cups of flour
4 TBSP of sugar
4 cups of milk (whole works best, but skim’s OK too)
4 TBSP melted butter
Pinch of Salt
Also, melt 2 – 4 tablespoons of butter to spread on the griddle surface
Measure all ingredients and combine in large bowl. The batter shouldn’t have lumps. I use one of those wand mixers
or immersion hand mixers right in the bowl.
You could probably use a blender, food processor or stand mixer. Whatever you need to get the batter to the consistency of heavy cream.
Let mix stand on counter for 30 minutes – I don’t know why, but it works.
I like to pour the batter from a large mixing cup onto the surface of the griddle.
They don’t take long to cook- maybe a minute each? Flip them with a silicone turner when the top starts to look dry.
That’s it – top (or not) and enjoy. Please leave me a comment below if you have a favorite crepe tip or topping.