Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Crepe Style Pancakes

Early this morning, my dad and I made thin or crepe style pancakes using a recipe that he invented sometime before time began. He believes it was inspired by Pfannkuchen (Eierkuchen), but it's certainly different from what I can roughly translate from recipes I've seen on-line. It's also different from most French crepe recipes I've seen, except for this one.

Mix the following using an electric mixer:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 pinch of salt

While mixing, gradually add:
6 extra large eggs
1 tbsp canola oil

Mix until it's smooth and creamy and add while mixing:
2 1/3 cups of milk

You'll want to mix on a fairly fast setting and ensure that there aren't any lumps. Hopefully you don't mind liquidy droplets flying everywhere, because that's just part of the experience.

This is actually the "light" version. His original recipe, which I grew up with, called for a dozen eggs, but my dad scaled it back so it would be healthier.

When the pan is hot and has just a bit of canola oil in it, scoop a half cup of batter and pour evenly in the pan.
Flipping the pancake is difficult and that's why I like to make the batter and have Dad do the frying. The edges will start to brown, any bubbles (won't be many with this kind of batter) will burst and dry. The only foolproof method for determining when it's ready to flip is to peek under the edges. It helps to have a thin spatula and it's important to remember that broken pancakes taste just as good as the perfectly round ones. You will likely have to add a little more oil after a few pancakes. The photo shows a pancake after it has been flipped.
Afterwards, you should have a nice stack of pancakes and, ideally, a bowl full of cut up fruit will magically appear next to them.
In my opinion, these are best served with whipped cream and fruit, which I like to wrap up like a burrito. You can also use real maple syrup or melted semi-sweet chocolate. These would be great with savory dishes, too. I'm also eager to try a variation inspired by a recent boozy breakfast.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, those look fabulous. This recipe may actually be enough reason for me to break down and buy an electric mixer.