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Be careful what you are good at. I’m blessed and perhaps a bit cursed by the gift of Crepe. I’ve mentioned my Mum spoiling my sister and I in another post but thought I would give Mum a plug again. “Thanks for coming home from work on your lunch break to make Karyn and I lunch”.

So here I am doing something similar for my family. I’ve tried all sorts of variations on crepes (and will keep experimenting). This one is nice and easy and using a power wand or blender does a great job at reducing the glob effect in the bowl.

Here is a cut and paste and convert to text of the recipe (by Charles Pierce from Fine Cooking Issue 35) I found on this website. The procedural tips are great to for big batching the crepes. For the bacon I suggest using the biggest and best roasting tray or better yet a — what the heck are they called again…

Have two non stick pans that you can crank the bejesus out of with big heat. The hotter the better. That’s why having two going at the same time works well.

4/8 large eggs
1-1/2 / 3 cups milk
1-1/2 / 3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 / 1/2 tsp. salt
6 / 12 Tbs. unsalted butter (I used salted)

Yields about 22/44 six-inch crêpes

In a blender, combine the eggs and milk. Add the flour and salt and mix on high speed until smooth, pausing once or twice to scrape down the sides of the blender with a rubber spatula. Alternatively, combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Push the flour aside to make a well in the center. Break the eggs into the center and pour in 3/4 cup of the milk. Whisk in a small circle in the middle of the well to blend the eggs and the milk. Whisking constantly, gradually draw in the flour until you have a thick mixture. Add another 3/4 cup milk. Whisk until the mixture forms a smooth batter Strain the batter (to remove any lumps) into a quart-size measuring cup with a spout or a pitcher. Let the batter rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the 6 Tbs. butter. Continue cooking the butter until it turns golden brown and has the aroma of toasted nuts, 3 to 5 minutes. Watch carefully and adjust the heat or move the pan around if necessary; the butter can quickly go from lightly browned to burned. Skim off any foam that rises to the top. Let thee butter cool slightly and then stir it into the batter. The batter should be the consistency of heavy cream; thin it with a little more milk, if needed. To cook the crêpes: Have ready the batter, a small nonstick skillet or a crêpe pan, plenty of softened unsalted butter, a flexible, heatproof spatula, a cooling rack, and about 20 torn sheets of waxed paper to use as separators. Set the skillet over medium-high heat and add about 1 tsp. butter. Heat the butter, swirling it in the pan, until it stops bubbling. Pour in enough batter to coat the bottom of the pan, about a scant 1/4 cup, depending on the size of the pan. Quickly tilt the pan in all directions to spread the batter evenly over the bottom and a bit up the sides of the pan. Immediately pour any excess batter back into the remaining batter. (You can cut off the “tail” this step leaves once the crêpe has set.)

Cook until the center of the crêpe is set and the bottom is lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes, depending on the size of the skillet. Give the pan a good shake (or use a spatula to dislodge the crêpe) and turn it over. Cook until the center is firm and the edges underneath are lightly browned, about 30 seconds. Transfer the crêpe to a cooling rack. Proceed with the remaining batter, adding more butter to the pan as needed. Once cool, stack the crêpes between the sheets of waxed paper.

nutrition information (per serving): Size : per crêpe, Calories (kcal): 90, Fat (kcal): 6, Fat Calories (g): 50, Saturated Fat (g): 3, Protein (g): 3, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2, Carbohydrates (mg): 7, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 0, Sodium (g): 45, Cholesterol (g): 50, Fiber (g)

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