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Course: Breakfast
Keyword: Breakfast, Brunch, Crepes, Desserts, French

Crepes

ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 25 minutes
Yield: 12 to 16 crepes
Nothing more than wafer-thin, unleavened pancakes, crepes provide the perfect canvas for an impressive brunch dish or dessert.
To make the Good Eats episode "Crepe Expectations," I had to get over my fear of crepes, which up to this point was unilateral and nonnegotiable. My crepe skills were so bad that in culinary school, they called me "crepe killer." Truth is, crepes are simple (if not easy) critters to conjure if you have the right batter, the right pan, and some patience. Here's how I do it.
This recipe first appeared in Season 5 of Good Eats.
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  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled, plus additional for the pan

For Savory Crepes

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh herbs, finely chopped

For Sweet Crepes

  • 1 ounce sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Specialized Hardware

  • Blender
ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 25 minutes
Yield: 12 to 16 crepes

Procedure

  • In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and pulse for 10 seconds. Place the crepe batter in the refrigerator for 1 hour. This allows the bubbles to subside so the crepes will be less likely to tear during cooking. The batter will keep for up to 48 hours.
  • When ready to cook, heat the oven to 200°F or its lowest setting.
  • Heat a 10-inch nonstick pan over medium heat and coat it with butter. Heat the butter until it begins to sizzle. Pour 1 ounce of batter into the center of the pan and swirl to spread evenly. Cook until the edges of the crepe begin to turn up, about 30 seconds, then flip. Cook for another 10 seconds and remove to a cutting board. Lay each crepe out flat so it can cool. Continue until all batter is gone.
  • Once the crepes have cooled, you can stack them, separated with sheets of parchment paper, and store in zip-top plastic bags in the refrigerator for several days or in the freezer for up to 1 month. When using frozen crepes, thaw on a rack before gently peeling apart.
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