Vive le France: Crepes

Crepes are my favorite party food. 

I think the perfect way to spend New Years Eve is to have a few friends over, set bowls of toppings out, and let everyone build their own crepes. It's such fun food. The French know what they're doing. We did, in fact, have crepes on New Year's Eve a few years back- and bless all of the people who waited on those things. I wanted to make Julia Child's Crepes Florentine, a wonderful concoction meant to be layered up like a crepe cake, with layers of bechamel and spinach. I opted to just let everyone scoop the fillings inside and roll their own, which worked out beautifully, except it is common knowledge that you are not ever under any circumstances to try a Julia Child recipe for the first time when you have a house full of people coming over. 

After a 4 HOUR WAIT... we all sat down to our crepes, looking ravenous and a little put out. We all made our plates and gathered around the table, and I will tell you now.

They. Were. Worth. It. 

These are simple and much quicker, you can pull them together in 10 minutes flat. Or you can make them Julia Child's way, just allow plenty of time in advance. ;) 

I got this recipe from a woman at my old church, and I'm not sure where she got it, but it is foolproof and incredibly delicious. 

  • 1 1/2c. milk
  • 3 eggs 
  • 2 Tbsp. vanilla (I leave this out for savory crepes)
  • 1 1/2 c. sifted flour 
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar 
  • 1/2 tsp. salt 
  • 5 Tbsp. melted butter 

Combine milk, eggs, and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in flour, sugar, and melted butter. Whisk until everything is well combined and there are no lumps. Pour onto a greased skillet. Watch the edges~ when it looks like they have set up (they may bubble a little) they should be safe to flip.  I would be remiss if I didn't encourage you to try and flip one like a chef. It's not nearly as hard as you think and is so much fun. If you'd feel better, flip it with a spatula first, then flip it into the air after the other side has set up. 

Make a double batch (or triple, hurrah!) and eat with the people you love. 

some of our favorite filling combinations are: 

  • nutella, strawberries, bananas, and powdered sugar
  • fruit dip and any fruits of your choosing 
  • shredded pork, caramelized onions, and gruyere (one of our favorite trailers, Flip Happy Crepes, used to sell these and they would just stop your heart. Ugh, yum.) 
  • slightly warm ricotta cheese and drizzle with homemade blueberry syrup for blueberry blintzes! 
  • Julia's Gateau de Crepes a la Florentine (originally in Mastering the Art of French Cooking) 
  • as a child, my friends mom made these with just butter and powdered sugar inside, and we ate them by the dozens. I still recommend them this way. 

In the words of Julia Child, Bon Appetit! 

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