France

Dish

Sold in creperies and from street carts throughout France, crepes are commonly served at home to celebrate certain holidays and the first shimmers of spring. But they're enthusiastically received any time of year or day-at breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea, or dinner. One caveat that's crucial to bear in mind each time you make crepes: The first attempt out of every batch is inevitably a dud, even in the most experienced hands. Makes about 12.

Ingredients

  • 50g butter, plus more for cooking
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 350ml milk

Method

  1. Melt most of the butter in a small pan and leave it to cool slightly.
  2. Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl with a good pinch of salt.
  3. Scoop a well in the centre of the flour, then drop in the egg and the egg yolk.
  4. You can beat them lightly first, but I'm not sure it makes much difference.
  5. Pour in the milk, whisking gently as you go, then whisk in the melted butter.
  6. Set the batter aside for about half an hour.
  7. Melt some butter for frying.
  8. Heat an 18-20cm crepe pan and brush it with a little melted butter.
  9. Stir the batter - it should be the thickness of double cream - and pour 50-60ml into the pan.
  10. Working quickly, tilt the pan so that the batter runs all over the surface, making a neatish round.The base should be covered in batter, but not quite thin enough to see through.
  11. Let the crepe cook for a minute or so until the underside is golden in patches and comes easily away from the pan.
  12. Lift one edge up with a palette knife and flip it gently over.
  13. The base should be cooked in 1 minute, maybe less - but it will only cook in patches, not as evenly as the first side.
  14. Tip it carefully on to a plate. Brush the pan with a little more melted butter and continue until you have used all the batter.
  15. Serve with fruit, jam, nutella, honey, cheese and spinach or whatever takes your fancy.