Crepes seem to be a personal favourite of many all over the world, thanks to their versatility. In fact, some fast food restaurants have made it a point to include crepes on their menu. Because crepes can be found in various forms, it is difficult to pin down a proper definition for them.
Origin of Crepes
The term itself is derived from the Latin word crispa, which means ‘curled.’ Crepes can be traced back to the 12th century when they were made using water, salt, and buckwheat.
They are known by an assortment of names in different countries such as crespella in Italy, palatschinken in Austria, pfannkuchen in Germany, and more. The US variations of crepes include hotcakes, flapjacks, and cornmeal Johnny Cakes.
How Are Crepes Prepared?
Crepe batter is prepared using ingredients such as flour, milk, eggs, a pinch of salt, and butter. They are made by pouring the thin batter on to a circular hot plate or a hot frying pan. The mixture is spread evenly by either using a spatula or tilting the pan. It is then brushed with a hint of butter or oil and flipped with a flat turner.
Varieties of Crepes
Crepes are primarily of two types, savoury and sweet.
Sweet crepes, made of wheat flour, are often consumed as a dessert with several toppings including sliced fruit (like strawberries, bananas, etc.), chocolate spreads, jams, lemon juice, maple syrup, Nutella spread, whipped cream, sprinkles, ice creams, and many more mouth-watering ingredients.
Savoury crepes are typically made of buckwheat and stuffed with ham, cheese, eggs, artichokes, spinach, mushrooms, ratatouille (a French dish consisting of stewed vegetables), and several other meat fillings. Buckwheat is gluten-free, making it edible for those who have a gluten allergy or intolerance.
Crepes can be found in various forms, such as stacked with a sweet filling separating them, with their edges folded to contain stuffing in the middle, rolled and fried, sautéed, or baked, and can be served as both a meal or dessert.
You can get as creative as you like with the fillings of your crepe and make use of all your favourite ingredients.
Satisfy Your Desire for Crepes
If you get a craving for this iconic French food, visit your closest Crepe Delicious. We have an exciting range of mouth-watering crepes on our savoury menu including crepes for breakfast, kiddie crepes specially made for kids, and of course traditional sweet options. If you are planning to host a party, we also offer catering services.
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