A French Classic

Bonjour! I bet you the first thing you thought of there was either the eiffel tower or crepes. After going to Paris numerous times, those are still the first two things that come to my mind.  My favorite thing from the world of French cuisine is crepes, especially crepes with Nutella.

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My favorite thing in a crepe

The Classical History

This iconic dish was created in the northwestern French region of Brittany. Originally called galettes, the thin pancakes first ingredient was buckwheat. White flour crepes came around in the 20th century leading to the more modern recipe. The cooking of the crepe has evolved into the classic hot plate over electric stove. The basic idea of a thin pancake has been adapted through many cultures with new names, but all meaning the same thin pancakes.

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Thin pancakes

An Early Sunday

This recipe is quick and easy is super fun to make with your family. I made these crepes under twenty minutes with tons of family fun. I use a crepe recipe that is inspired by Tahitian vanilla. This recipe just adds more vanilla than usual, and can be substituted with vanilla bean pods. The fillings inside are endless. You can take a savory side or a sweet side with this recipe. On an early Sunday morning, I would usually prefer Nutella or a cinnamon sugar with butter. Now before I make you even hunger, here is the recipe.

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Step Four

Tahitian Vanilla Crepes

Time: about 20 minutes

Yields: 5-6 crepes

Ingredients

1 cup of flour

1 cup of milk

4 eggs

1/2 tsp of lime juice

2 tsp of vanilla extract

A cube of butter

Cooking

  1. Grab your four eggs, and separate the egg yolks from the egg whites. Beat the egg whites until bubbles form on the top (a fork can be used to beat).
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, milk, egg yolks, vanilla, and the lime juice until a liquid batter is formed. Little lumps are okay.
  3. Add in the beaten egg whites, and let the cube of butter melt in the skillet.
  4. Pour a small amount of batter into the skillet, and swirl the batter in order to cover the entire pan.
  5. The batter usually take about 45 seconds to cook in the skillet.
  6. Let your crepes cool, and then fill with desired fillings.

 

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This simple recipe takes you into another country. After eating these with your desired filling, you will be wondering if the Eiffel Tower is around the corner. Take a mini trip to Paris with your family through the world of crepes. Enjoy!

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