A Note From Michelle
Making crepes is one of the most well loved activities in my cooking classes! Kids get to request a “fan favorite” from previous classes they have taken with me to to make again. Crepes always make the list.
A friendly reminder when cooking together with kids: make room for error, mess, and fun! Like reading, writing, and math there are many new skills to learn in cooking so know in advance kids may make mistakes. My best advice: take a deep breath and just go with it! Think of the life skills you are teaching them! NOW is the perfect time to start. It is never too late.
Boost reading skills: have kids read the entire recipe to you out loud before you begin.
Boost math skills: consider doubling the recipe, and ask kids to do the math themselves.
Boost Life Skills: I think it’s important for kids to help clean up when cooking. Teach them early that washing dishes (or at least putting them in the dishwasher) is a part of every recipe. PS Cleaning up as I go is a skill I am still working on, but perhaps your kids can learn earlier than me 🙂
Onward, We Are Together In The Kitchen
Makes 8- 10 crepes
¾ cup whole milk (lower percentage milk, almond milk, oat milk all ok!)
½ cup water
1 cup all purpose flour
3 TBSP melted butter
Extra butter for coating the pan
Fillings and Toppings: See below for suggestions.
Equipment + Tools For The Crepes
Whisk or spoon
Measuring cups and spoons
8 inch non stick or cast iron pan (10 inch is just fine, you’ll make it work!)
1 Spatula (you may want 2 spatulas, one to flip, the other for assistance flipping)
Step 1 prepare your Mise En Place (this means getting all of your ingredients out, prepped and measured before you begin cooking. Note: melt the butter before you begin making the batter.)
——-> Kids can crack eggs, measure milk/water/flour, melt butter in pan or microwave with your assistance.
Step 2 In a bowl combine eggs, milk, water, flour, and melted butter and whisk/stir until well combined.
——> Kids can pour ingredients into bowl, then whisk or stir.
Step 3 Heat a 8 inch non-stick pan to medium. Add enough butter to coat the bottom of the pan.
Step 4 Once the pan is hot and the butter is melted, pour ¼ cup of batter into the center of the pan. Swirl the pan around to spread the batter evenly. (I suggest placing batter in a ¼ cup measuring cup then pour it into the pan from there.) You’ll probably use more batter if you’re using a larger pan.
——> Kids are more capable than you think! With your supervision and assistance allow them to pour batter into the hot pan and swirl. This is great hands-on practice.
Step 5 Using a spatula, flip crepe after about 30 seconds to 1 minute or until bottom side appears golden and cooked. You may need to use an additional spatula to help you flip the crepe over.
——> With your supervision and assistance allow kids to flip crepes! The second spatula can be an assistant to the first spatula
**Like pancakes the first few crepes may not look as beautiful. It takes some time to adjust to the heat of the pan, knowing the best time to flip, etc.
Step 6 Lay the crepe flat on a plate.
Step 7 Continue until all the batter is gone.
Step 8 Place or spread your filling on the crepe, eat open-faced or fold it.
- Cinnamon sugar (mix a little cinnamon with a little sugar until desired sweetness)
- Melted chocolate chips or Nutella
- Fresh fruit, or defrosted frozen fruit
- Whipped cream
- Sauteed apple or banana — heat saute pan, add a little butter or coconut oil, add chopped apples (skin on) or sliced banana and stir until fruit is desired softness. Consider adding some cinnamon and/or nutmeg
- Ice cream
- Powdered sugar
- Shredded cheese and top with a fried egg! (Besides Nutella, this was my favorite way to enjoy a crepe when I lived in Paris!).