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the Crepes could be the solution you were looking for if you want to tickle your palate with a delicious and simple dish! Loved by adults and children, crepes are in fact easy and quick to prepare, they are versatile and with only one recipe you could cook dozens of sweet and savory dishes. All very tasty.
The beauty of crepes, among other things, is that, although there is a basic recipe with milk, eggs and other ingredients that we will see shortly, it is possible to try different variations, to meet the needs of everyone, from celiac to vegan people, up to those who cannot eat eggs.
In this article we will see what the basic crepes recipe, we will discover how to prepare gluten-free and vegan crepes, and you will also find many ideas for stuff the crepes in a delicious way, to go beyond the classic ham and cheese condiment.
What are crepes?
Crepes (or crepes) are in some ways similar to pancakes, but unlike classic American pancakes they are thinner and larger. Also, unlike pancakes, you won’t need yeast for the preparation of the crepes. Thinking about it, we can say that this is a recipe even simpler if possible than that of pancakes.
So let’s see how to prepare the basic crepes recipe and many delicious variations.
Basic Crepes Recipe
The dough for the savory crepes it is quick and easy to prepare. Let’s see what the ingredients are and the instructions to follow.
- 00 flour: 120 grams
- Latte: 250 ml
- 2 medium eggs
- Butter to grease the pan.
Pour the sifted flour into a fairly large bowl and make a hole in the center, where you will pour the milk and lightly beaten eggs. Then, mix everything with a whisk, hand or electric. The dough must be neither too liquid nor too thick, and it must be free of lumps.
Let the batter rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes. After that, take the bowl out of the fridge and put a non-stick pan to heat.
When it’s hot enough, grease it with a small amount of butter (wipe off excess butter with a napkin).
Pour a ladle of batter over the pan and spread it evenly. Cook for a few minutes on one side. Halfway through cooking, turn the pancake with the help of a spatula. Cook for a few more minutes, then place it on a plate. As the crepes are ready, you can stack them on top of each other.
Crepes recipe without milk and without eggs
Many people cannot eat eggs for health reasons or simply because of an ethical choice (such as those who follow a vegan diet). This does not mean that those who make a choice of this type must give up the pleasures of the table. For example, crepes will also look great without milk and eggs. Let’s see what the necessary ingredients are and how to prepare vegan crepes.
- Vegetable milk: 300 ml
- Farina 00: 130 g
- Seed oil: 80 ml
- 1 pinch of salt.
Also this time it will be necessary to sift the flour and pour it into a large bowl. Add the pinch of salt and mix with a whisk. Then add the oil. Mix well with the help of a whisk and add the vegetable milk, continuing to mix until you have obtained a homogeneous batter. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge or in a cool place for 30 minutes.
After that, put the non-stick pan on the stove to heat and grease it with a small amount of seed oil. When the time comes, pour a ladle of batter over the pan, and let both sides cook evenly. When it is lightly browned, the crepe will be ready!
Gluten free crepes recipe
If you are intolerant to gluten, you absolutely must not give up the pleasures of the table. Crepes, for example, can also be prepared with flour for celiacs. On the market you can find special preparations for cooking i gluten-free desserts. Always rely on brands you know, and try your hand at this new recipe. You will see that the flavor will have nothing to envy to that of traditional crepes.
Let’s see how to prepare gluten free crepes!
- Gluten-free flour: 125 g
- Latte: 300 ml
- A pinch of salt
- 3 eggs
Pour the sifted flour and other ingredients into a large bowl and mix them well using an electric mixer. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes in the fridge, covering it with plastic wrap. Next, heat the lightly buttered non-stick pan, and pour in a ladle of batter. Cook both sides, and when the crepe is golden brown, put it on a plate and continue the same process with the remaining batter.
Sweet crepes recipe
Do you want something sweet and tasty? Then get ready to enjoy some delicious sweet crepes. If the procedure for savory crepes seemed simple to you, that of sweet crepes will be even more so. Let’s see what the ingredients are and how to prepare a dessert greedy that will make everyone agree.
- 00 flour: 150 grams
- Sugar: 1 tbsp
- EVO oil: 1 tbsp
- Whole milk or vegetable milk: 250 ml.
In a bowl, pour the sifted flour and add the sugar. Then, pour in the oil and milk, and mix using a whisk until you get a homogeneous mixture that is neither too thick nor too liquid. Let the dough rest in a cool place for 30 minutes, then place a non-stick pan on the stove and grease it with a little butter.
When the pan is hot enough, pour in a ladle of batter and let the crepe cook and brown on both sides. When cooked, place it on a plate and continue the same process with the rest of the batter.
The filling for sweet crepes it will depend on your personal tastes. You could dress it with fresh fruit or the classic hazelnut cream, or you could spread some jam, for a sweet and delicious taste.
How to fill the crepes? 5 delicious and original tips
The classics crepes with cheese and ham they are certainly very good, but in the long run, as they say, they “tire”. If you want to experiment with some different recipes than usual, below you can find some ideas to fill the crepes in a delicious and different way than usual. Read on, there is something for everyone.
Spinach and bechamel make a perfect combination for filling crepes. To prepare, pour the spinach into the pan and let it cook, then you can season the crepes with the béchamel and a tablespoon of boiled spinach. Put the crepes in a pan and cook in the oven for a few minutes.
Crepes with grilled vegetables
For a summer dinner, crepes with grilled vegetables will undoubtedly be the main dish of the evening. To prepare them, simply grill your favorite vegetables such as zucchini, aubergines, tomatoes, peppers, then season each crepe and close it as you like, fan, bag or rolled.
Crepes with pumpkin cream
If you love pumpkin, try the recipe for crepes with pumpkin cream and soft cheese. For the preparation you just need to cook in the oven or boil squares of pumpkin in a pan. When cooked, mash them with a fork until they are creamy. Then, in a bowl mix pumpkin and stracchino, mix well and season the crepes. After a quick pass in the oven, the dish will be even better.
Crepes with mushrooms and ham
And here is a classic, namely the crepes with mushrooms and ham. After having cleaned and washed the mushrooms quickly, cook them in a pan by adding parsley, garlic and a pinch of salt. When they are cooked, pour a spoonful of it into each crepe, add a slice of ham and close in a bundle. And here is a delicious and complete lunch prepared.
Lemon and sugar crepes recipe
Finally, let’s see how to fill sweet crepes in French style. We will prepare some crepes with lemon and sugar. After preparing the dough and after cooking your crepes, sprinkle them with a few drops of lemon juice, then sprinkle a tablespoon of brown sugar and close the crepes in a bag or in a roll shape. Enjoy your meal.
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