Whole Wheat Crepes

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Traditional French crepes get a healthy upgrade, thanks to whole wheat pastry flour. You don’t need a dedicated crepe pan for this recipe; any nonstick skillet will do. The number of crepes you get depends on the size of the skillet. I used a 10-inch skillet and ended up with 12 (7-inch) crepes. You can double this crepe recipe and freeze the leftovers. Thaw them at room temperature and warm them up in a low oven or in a nonstick skillet over low heat. Serve with savory (try our Cabbage Saute with Shiitakes and Crispy Tofu or Spicy Sweet Shrimp) or sweet fillings (like fresh fruit and a dollop of our Kitchen MacGyver Lemon Curd). Of course, it’s a classic with bananas and Nutella. Don’t worry if the first crepe isn’t perfect–French cooks call that the “sacrifice.”

Whole Wheat Crepes

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: Makes 12 (7-inch) crepes

Whole Wheat Crepes

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  3. 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  4. 1 cup fat-free milk
  5. 1-1/2 tablespoons butter OR DIY Ghee
  6. Canola oil

Instructions

Whisk together the flour and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk in the eggs until well-combined. Gradually add the milk, whisking until the batter is thoroughly combined and the consistency of heavy cream. Strain the batter through a fine-mesh sieve (to remove any little lumps) into another medium bowl.

Heat the butter in a stainless-steel skillet or small saucepan; cook until butter until is browned. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. Whisk the browned butter into the batter. Cover, and let stand at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Brush the surface of pan with oil. Use a small ladle to add 2 to 4 tablespoons batter to pan (just enough to coat the bottom of the pan with a thin layer of batter), swirling the pan to coat. Cook about 2 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned and the bottom is golden (use a rubber spatula to lift the crepe and peek at the bottom). Flip the crepe; cook another minute or so until the other side is golden. Transfer crepe to a wire rack. Repeat with oil and remaining batter. Keep the crepes warm in a low oven to serve immediately, or cool completely and refrigerate or freeze.

Notes

Prep Time: 40 minutes to 2 hours (includes standing time)

To refrigerate or freeze, stack cooled crepes between layers of parchment or waxed paper and place in a zip-top plastic bag. Refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month (thaw them at room temperature). Reheat in a low oven or in a pan over medium-low heat.

http://nourishnetwork.com/2011/03/02/whole-wheat-crepes/

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  • http://delightfulbitefuls.blogspot.com/ Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls

    YUM! This looks soooo fabulous!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  • http://nourishnetwork.com/members/liahuber/ Lia Huber

    We’re glad you did too, Mary!

  • http://freedomsweetfreedom.blogspot.com/ Beth

    I’ve made this recipe twice and the crêpes have been great both times! I waited the full two hours the second time and it was definitely worth it.

  • http://nourishnetwork.com/members/alisoneats/ Alison Ashton

    So glad you like the recipe, Beth! And you’re right–letting the batter stand 2 hours is even better. It gives that thirsty whole wheat pastry flour extra time to absorb the moisture.

  • http://nourishnetwork.com/members/alisoneats/ Alison Ashton

    Hey, Beth:

    I posted a link to your blog in which you review the recipe (that your blog, right?) on our Facebook page. (http://www.facebook.com/nourishnetwork) I think our community will enjoy it. Thanks!

    • http://freedomsweetfreedom.blogspot.com/ Beth

      Ya! Thanks!

      • http://freedomsweetfreedom.blogspot.com/ Beth

        PS: I’m over here to get the recipe and make them again!

  • Janelle

    I have always been intimidated to make crepes, but these are so easy and so good!

  • http://nourishnetwork.com/members/alisoneats/ Alison Ashton

    I’m glad they worked for you, Janelle! Fun, aren’t they? (They’re good with Nutella & sliced bananas for dessert, too!)