Want to know how to make delicious crepes? It is not as hard as one can imagine. You will need a simple crepes recipe, good pan, some practice and here you are, making scrumptious golden light crepes everyone will enjoy.
Crepes are very popular all around the globe, but mostly in France and Russia it’s almost a cult dish.
Savory crepes, sweet crapes, buckwheat crapes, crapes made of buttermilk, plain flour, self-raising flour, with cinnamon or nutmeg, with different toppings, the variations of crepes are endless.
In Russia, Ukraine and Belarus they even have a holiday, Maslenitsa (derived from maslo, which means butter or oil in Russian), which owes its existence to the ancient tradition of baking crepes, or pancakes (in Russian they call them blini).
The tradition of Maslenitsa dates back to pagan times, when Russian folk would bid farewell to winter and welcome new spring with great festivities, including snowball fights, sledding, riding on swings and plenty of sleigh rides, which were to promote rich harvest.
Hot, round and golden, pancakes symbolize the sun.
Nowadays a lot people in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine are still celebrating Maslenitsa, using one more opportunity to gather with family and friends, to prepare and eat pancakes with all sorts of fillings and toppings.
Here is my simple crepes recipe which is easy to prepare and it always gives perfect result.
Makes around 20 crepes
1 ½ (210-240g) cup plain flour
3 ½ (875g) cups milk
4 teaspoons caster sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1/1 teaspoon baking soda
3-8 tbsp vegetable oil
Melted butter to spread on the ready crepes
Whisk egg, salt, sugar and milk together in a jug. Add baking soda and using a wooden spoon whisk once again.
Sift flour into a bowl. Add milk mixture to flour and add 2 tbsp of oil. Whisk the mixture carefully, there should be no lumps and it should be a consistency of sicken cream (if the batter to watery add 1-2 tbsp of flour).
Set the crepe batter aside for 10-15 min.
Meanwhile, warm up the frying pan (I use special crepe pan you can find at any good stores selling kitchenware.
Using a kitchen brush cover the pan with some oil. Bake the crepes on a medium het.
Pour 2 ½ (approximately) tablespoons batter into pan. Swirl the batter trying to cover the base. Cook for approximately 2 minutes, until the golden edges will appear. Carefully turn over and cook for another 1 minute.
Transfer ready crepe to a plate and brush with some melted butter. That prevents crepes from sticking together and adds some extra taste.
Repeat baking process with remaining batter reapplying oil on the pan between each crepe.
Some whisking and backing and the perfect result -yummy golden crepes!
Using this simple basic crepe recipe you will be able to bake the prefect crepes your family will enjoy.