French crepes are a great beginning for your kid’s cooking journey. Cooking with your kids can be a fun activity for them to learn and bond with you. Learning Mole is not just a platform to teach kids all about science and maths. It also introduces fun and easy recipes for them to follow and make. One of these delicious recipes are French crepes!
Who can say no to delicious, thin pancakes topped with fruits and drizzled with honey? It’s a great snack for the kids and it will taste even better to them if they make it! Belfast Cookery School helped Aaron and James to make French crepes and we were lucky enough to film all of it! Our chef at Belfast Cookery School explained the recipe to the kids and they helped him make the batter and decorate the finished product.
Your kids too can make these delicious crepes and add their favorite fruits to them. You will absolutely be needed in the kitchen with them to help them flip the crepe and make sure they don’t hurt themselves when turning on the fire or cutting the fruits. It’s a really fun activity to bond over with them!
What exactly are French Crepes?
We all know the fluffy, thick American pancakes that everyone loves. Well, crepes can be considered the cousin of these pancakes. They are much thinner and bigger than pancakes. The typical crepe batter consists of flour, eggs, and milk or water. Because it can be served sweet or savory, sugar, butter, and salt are optional to add to the batter.
Varieties of French Crepes
Crepes can be served sweet or savoury. There are many topping options to add to your crepes. You can make chocolate crepes, topped with strawberries and bananas, or you can add eggs and bacon to your delicious crepes. The options are infinite!
Sweet crepes are made with white flour (all purpose flour) and sugar can be added to them. The sweet toppings include chocolate, caramel, syrup, honey, whipped cream, and even ice cream!
Fruits are also added as it is an amazing way to eat your daily fruits intake accompanied by mouth-watering crepes. Sweet crepes can be served as dessert or as a breakfast meal. There are also some people who are OBSESSED with crepes that they have a whole birthday crepe cake for their birthday!
Savory crepes are typically made with buckwheat flour. Buckwheat flour is the perfect option for people with gluten intolerance. They can be filled with savory fillings like eggs, bacon, ham, sautéed vegetables, cheese, and other meat fillings. Savory crepes can be served for lunch or dinner but they also work for brunch and breakfast.
History of French Crepes
Let’s know a little bit of history on French crepes before diving into the recipe.
Legend has it that a housewife in the 13th century in Brittany, France accidentally spilt a thin layer of buckwheat porridge onto a flat cooking stone.
There is also a crepes day! It’s celebrated in France on 2nd February and is called Le Jour des Crêpes (the day of crepes). This shows just how important crepes are in France. It’s basically France’s national dish!
The word ‘crepe’ comes from ‘crispa,’ the feminine version of the Latin word ‘crispus.’ It means curled or wrinkled. This may be due to the fact that crepes are folded when they are served and their edges get curled.
French Crepes Recipe
Here are the ingredients and measurements needed to make some authentic, mouth-watering, yet healthy crepes from our chef at Belfast Cookery School:
- 200 grams flour
- A pinch of salt
- 4 eggs
- 600ml milk
- Two bowls
- Hand Mixer
- A crepe pan (a regular pan can be used but make sure it’s wide enough)
- A palette kitchen knife
- A sifter
- Fresh strawberries and raspberries
- Irish honey
Steps for making the crepe batter
- Pour the flour onto the sifter and sift into the bowl.
- Add a little pinch of salt.
- Crack your 4 big eggs into the flour.
- Add your 600ml of milk to the mixture.
- Whisk until everything is combined (you can get your kids a small hand mixer for each!)
- Sift the batter into another bowl so it can be as smooth as it can get.
- Rest the batter so the ingredients can get combined well together.
Steps for cooking crepes
- Turn on the high heat.
- Drizzle some grapeseed oil onto the pan.
- Pour the batter in the middle of the pan and gently move it around until it makes a beautifully thin layer.
- After you see bubbles forming, you can flip it like our chef did (it takes some skill though), or you can use the palette kitchen knife to flip it over. Just place the knife underneath the crepe, lift it up a bit, and then flip it over.
- Fold the crepe and move it into the plate to get decorated!
At this point, you can get as creative as you want. You can let your kids choose whatever toppings they would like to add and they can help put them on the crepes. Aaron and James here decided to put blueberries, fresh strawberries, and raspberries. They also wanted to make it a little sweeter so they drizzled some Irish honey on top. You can add some yoghurt as a topping to make it extra healthy and fulfilling.
We hope that you enjoyed this healthy version of sweet crepes as much as we, Aaron, and James did!
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