One of my fondest memories of childhood was the delicious crepes my dad would make us for breakfast. After moving out on my own, I always seemed to struggle with remembering exactly how they were made. I forever looked to various food blogs, recipe books and of course a phone call to dad, just to get a close variant of these childhood crepes. Well, after having my son, I started experimenting with easy foods that would keep my morning super simple.
I began following a crepe recipe that involved too many 1/4 & 1/2 ingredients. It would confuse me all the time and cause me to look up the recipe each and every time. I thought to myself, surely there’s an easier way for me to remember such a “simple” morning treat. So I began experimenting with quantities and ingredients. Could I leave certain ingredients out or increase the quantity of others, without a huge difference? Those were the questions I was asking myself as I attempted to simplify this recipe. During which, I would very frequently reminisce of my very first attempt at making crepes.
The story goes like this:
Once upon a time I felt the need to make crepes on my own. Forgetting the exact ingredients, I had mixed flour and eggs together. Unsure as to why the mixture was so thick , I figured adding more eggs to my batter would give me more of a liquid consistency. One egg after another, I kept adding, until I had used the whole carton of eggs. Forgetting that milk or water would be a helpful ingredient, I continued on with my batter as is. I heated the skillet and began making my delicious crepes. Well, after frying all my batter, I quietly placed all my 10 crepes on the table in hopes my family would enjoy a delicious treat! To my disappointment I was greeted by my father who questioned my ingredients as he took a bite from my “crepes”. After happily telling him I had used the whole carton of eggs to make this delicacy, he scolded me and told me I forgot the milk! I had a “DOH!!” moment.
Long story short, no body wanted my crepes, including myself and all were thrown into the trash. I laugh at this memory NOW. I am very happy that I have moved past those kitchen dilemmas and have conquered the basics, at least!
The conclusion that I came to with my crepes was as easy as 1-2-3! And I literally use those three numbers to make my crepes. Allow me to explain. I start with a countdown: 3-2-1
I use 3 eggs, 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt to start my crepes. Then I count up: 1-2-3
I add 1 cup of flour, 2 cups of milk, and 3 tablespoons of olive oil to my batter.
That’s it! I’ve never questioned how much of what to add since this discovery!
It’s literally as easy as 1-2-3! (I should get Elmo to endorse these crepes)
Of course, you can alter the amount of sugar in this recipe. Sometimes I completely leave out the sugar, and sweeten my crepe with a drizzle of honey on top. It’s totally up to you!
I hope this has inspired you to find what works for you, because that’s really what cooking is all about.