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Le Chef’s Wife Easy French Crêpe Recipe ( Toddler proof!)
By: Anina Belle Giannini
Le Chef’s Wife French Crêpe Recipe. A lazy Saturday morning at home in pjs. (Pineapple Sunshine Pjs )
Le Chef, as I lovingly refer to my French husband, and I knew immediately upon moving to DC that Georgetown would be our “quartier” (neighborhood). We love working in Georgetown during the week (both at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC) but we also find ourselves back almost every weekend too.
So many aspects of Georgetown remind us of our life in the South of France. The beautiful tree lined streets, the restaurants with little terraces perfect for people watching while enjoying a chilled glass of Rosé, the shopkeepers with charming boutiques who recognize you when you come in. A true “joie de vivre” (joy of life) in the nation’s capital.
Sunday afternoons at the Rosé Garden at ENO Wine Bar, Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC
Always a warm welcome at one of our favorites, Little Birdies Boutique
Only a few days after our daughter was born our first outing was to Georgetown. We shopped for Bébé at Little Birdies Boutique and picked up some macarons at Ladurée.
Needless to say, Georgetown is like a French Market every day of the year for us. So when Georgetown dresses up for French Market Days, we really let our French Flag Fly!
Georgetown French Market 2018
This year, of course, is different, but we are happy to mark the occasion and offer our support to the community we love. When Shanlee of Little Birdies Boutique asked me to share a recipe in support of Georgetown French Market I couldn’t think of anything more perfect than a Saturday morning making French Crêpes with my daughter to celebrate.
While there are many ways to make French Crêpes, the recipe we use the most in our household is also the easiest. Impossible to forget and so straightforward that even our now two and a half year old daughter can make the batter. The result; light and spongy golden Crêpes that will make everyone smile.
Le Chef’s Wife Easy French Crêpes Recipe
These Crêpes are truly as easy to make as 1-2-3.
1 cup of Flour
2 cups of Milk
3 large eggs
Our daughter insists on cracking the eggs with varying degrees of success…)
Whisk 3 large eggs in a bowl with 2 cups of milk. Sift 1 cup of flour into the egg & milk mixture. Whisk together until smooth. Add a pinch of salt. For flavor I like to add in some lemon zest or half a teaspoon of pure Vanilla extract. A tablespoon of Grand Marnier would also make an excellent adult addition. Feel free to add the flavoring you wish but they are also yummy without. Pas de stress!
Whisking the batter with a little help from Papa)
This batter is excellent when it sits over night, but honestly, I rarely have the foresight to do this. Most times I whip up the Crêpe batter as the butter is melting in the pan, ready for the first Crêpe.
How to cook the Crêpes
Prepare a Crêpe pan (or simply a non-stick frying pan) with a pat of butter on medium heat and then spoon a small ladle full of batter onto the pan as you swirl the pan around to make a thin, round Crêpe. There should be just a paper thin layer of batter over the pan. When the batter starts to bubble, it is time to give a quick flip with a spatula. If you have an thin icing spatula this works best. Cook until golden. I like to have 2 pans going at the same time for efficiency. I also like to add a fresh pat of butter to the pan for each Crêpe, always being careful not to let the pan get too hot. Pile up the cooked Crêpes as you go on a cookie sheet in the oven (set to the lowest heat possible). This recipe makes about 10-12 Crêpes and can easily be doubled or tripled!
Toddler and Chef approved!
Serve once you have made Crêpes with all of the batter so that you can actually sit and enjoy with your family. I like to pour maple syrup on my Crêpes, Le Chef likes his with just butter while our daughter prefers peach jam or Nutella!
Le Chef’s Wife
Anina Belle Giannini is Canadian/American hotelier and writer. She lives with her husband, Chef Sebastien Giannini, and their daughter in McLean, Virginia. They are expecting their second child in September 2020. Follow @lechefswife on instagram or at www.lechefswife.com for easy to make French Recipes and tips for living a French Riviera inspired life in the USA.