About Crêpes

Appears in
The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Cuisine

By French Culinary Institute

Published 2021

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A crêpe is a delicate, almost paper-thin pancake made with an eggy batter. In classical French cooking, they can be either sweet or savory and may be fried, sautéed, flambéed, stuffed, rolled, folded, gratinéed with cheese, or glacéed with sugar. In traditional cooking, crêpes were served as a hot hors d’oeuvre filled with a thick, savory mixture based on a béchamel or a velouté sauce with mushrooms, ham, cheese, seafood, or other rich ingredients. Crêpes are generally prepared in a special shallow-sided skillet about 19 centimeters (7½ inches) in diameter called simply a crêpe pan.