Crepes are a wonderful multi-tasking and family-friendly meal idea. Make a bulk batch, layer between waxed paper and freeze. Got a freezer full of berries? Perfect! Fill crepes with warm sautéed fruit and yogurt for a healthy breakfast or use a little whipped cream, fruit and sprinkle of cinnamon for an easy dessert. Wrap crepes around shaved chicken or ham, cheese and veggies as a higher-protein “burrito-type” packed lunch idea for the kids. As a dinner entrée, fill them with sautéed mushrooms and a touch of Parmesan or grilled chicken and asparagus. We’ve even attended a “crepe fest” – a pot luck meal of sorts where the generous hosts supplied a big batch of crepes and guests brought a variety of sweet and savoury fillings. Crepes are also perfect for a sleepover breakfast buffet where kids can add fillings of their choice as pictured below.
Crepes Makes 8 (Double or triple the recipe for extras to store in the freezer)
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp all purpose or gluten-free flour
- 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- garnishes: cinnamon, butter, sugar
1. In mixing bowl, beat eggs until frothy. Add milk and beat to combine.
2. In separate bowl, combine flour with sugar and salt.
3. Add dry ingredients to wet and beat to combine well. If needed, add more milk until batter consistency is thin.
4. Batter can be used right away or kept in the fridge overnight for use the next day. If saving until later, extra milk may need to be added to thin slightly.
5. Heat a small (6-8 inch) crepe pan or non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Mist with cooking oil spray. Pour in about ¼ cup (60 mL) of batter and quickly swirl pan to coat thinly. Cook for about 1 minute then flip crepe and continue to cook until just lightly golden, about 1 more minute. Remove to plate and cover to keep warm.
6. Serve crepes warm with the filling of your choice. They can also be served cold.
We like them spread with a touch of butter, a sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon rolled into a log and cut in half for an easy healthier version of a ‘cinnamon bun breakfast’ or after school snack. (pictured above)