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Crepes are Easier than You Think

I think it is safe to say I have made thousands of crepes. They are so versatile. From Crepes Suzette to Shitake mushrooms and Boursin cheese; there are many options for sweet as well as savory crepes. Here’s a recipe you can mix in five minutes, or so. They only caveat is you have to use a crepe pan for this. Mine is not French (surprise), it is from Germany and it is a non-stick crepe pan. I purchased it at Williams-Sonoma years ago.

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups of flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups of milk
2/3 stick melted butter
1/2 cup water
Method
In a large mixing bowl, measure the flour and whisk the dry ingredients for a few seconds to aerate. Mix the eggs in a separate bowl with a fork and add to the middle of the dry ingredients. Add HALF of the milk and whisk for the shortest time necessary to remove any lumps. Add the rest of the milk and remaining ingredients. Whisk briefly until combined.
Heat your crepe pan to medium high. Add just enough batter with a ladle to have a thin coat on the bottom of the pan. If you ladle too much, pour the rest of the batter back into the bowl. Let batter set until it turns light brown on the edges and then flip over. You can practice flipping or use a non-stick heat-safe spatula to do this. After another 15-30 seconds, remove from the pan to a plate.
Crepes Suzette
Ingredients
1 stick of butter, softened
zest of one medium orange
juice of one half orange
1/8 tsp salt
4 TB sugar
splash of Grand Marnier
splash of Cognac
previously made crepes
Method
Place all the ingredients except Grand Marnier (and the crepes) in a food processor. Blend until smooth. Store in a covered bowl until serving time. Melt about 4 TB of the mixture in a crepe pan on medium high heat. Place four crepes, one at a time, in the pan, flip over and fold into fourths with a fork. Pour a couple of scant tablespoons of Grand Marnier and cognac in the pan. Flambe by igniting with a long BBQ lighter. Shake the pan lightly until the flames subside. Serve immediately.  Ice cream or creme fraiche is an option with this. (Serves 4)

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