We love crepes in our family. They are one of the first things I started cooking when I was a kid. My dad would come out on a Saturday morning and come into the kitchen and see me making crepes and would say, “Creepies!”
I told my sons that they could start cooking on the stove when they were tall enough to keep their elbows off the surface. They both were able to begin at age 10, but helped me flip pancakes and mix food together way before that. We also have an electric griddle that we placed in the center of the kitchen table that they could cook on with supervision.
I wanted to make Manicotti the way I was taught to make it by my Italian boss and his daughter in a restaurant I worked in. They made them the authentic way, rolling the cream filling up into crepes, rather than using pasta tubes. I decided it was the perfect opportunity to teach my older son how to make them himself. We did a double batch, using half of the finished crepes for breakfast, and saving half to use another day for the Manicotti. He cooked almost all of them by himself. I’m sure one Saturday, soon, I will wake up and find him already started on a batch of breakfast “creepies”.
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. milk
Pinch of salt
2 T melted butter
Butter for cooking
Sift together the flour and salt. Whisk in eggs and a little milk until a smooth paste forms.
Whisk in the butter, beating well to incorporate it so it won’t solidify.
Whisk in the remaining milk. Whisk vigorously to make sure all flour has been blended in and batter is lump free.
Heat a crepe pan or small saute pan over medium heat. Melt a little butter in the bottom of the pan.
Ladle in about an ounce of batter, turning pan to allow it to coat the bottom.
Cook for approximately 30 seconds. Lift one edge of the crepe with the corner of a spatula.
Lift and flip the crepe over.
Cook for an additional 30 seconds. Shake to loosen crepe as it cooks. Tilt pan to slide crepe off onto a plate.
Repeat until all of the batter is used, adding butter between every few crepes to the pan if it gets too dry and crepes begin to stick.
For breakfast or dessert crepes, fill with sour cream, plain yogurt, flavored yogurt, or whipped cream and fruit, if desired and roll up.
For dinner crepes, try a bechamel sauce with cooked chicken and broccoli added, sprinkle in cheese and roll up before topping with more bechamel and cheese. You can line a casserole with these and bake them. This recipe makes approximately 12 crepes. Double or triple the batch to keep extra on hand for multiple uses. They freeze very well when layered between squares of parchment paper. Freeze in portions so you can pull out a portion a day ahead of time to let them thaw in the refrigerator.