A batch of crepes folded into quarters then drizzled with lemon juice and sprinkled with sugar make a very light version of the traditional English pancake.
Crêpes with Lemon and Sugar
Prepares: 8–10 large crêpes
- Preparation time: 10 minutes
- Standing time: 10 minutes
- Cooking time: About 20 minutes
- 110g/4 oz plain flour/cake and pastry flour
- pinch of salt
- 2 large eggs (U.K.)/extra large eggs (N.A.)
- 200ml/7½ fl oz semi-skimmed milk mixed with 75 ml/2½ fl oz water
- 50g/2 oz butter
- To serve
- Caster sugar/fine white sugar
- 1 lemon, halved
- A 25.5cm/10 inch heavy gauge aluminium frying pan
- Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl.
- Make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it. Using an electric whisk or a balloon whisk, whisk the eggs into the flour gradually adding the milk and incorporating the flour from around the edge of the bowl. Scrape any remaining flour down from around the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula and whisk again until all the mixture is smooth. It should be the consistency of thin cream. Set aside for 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 150°C/300°F/gas mark 2 and place five plates in the oven to warm.
- Melt the butter in the pan. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the butter into the batter and whisk it in. Pour the remainder into a small bowl and reserve it to smear the pan between cooking each crêpe using a wodge of kitchen paper.
- Get the pan really hot, then turn the heat down to a medium setting.
- Use about 3 tablespoons of batter for each pancake. It is easier to measure this into a ladle or measuring cup first and use this to tip the batter into the pan in one go. Using the ladle or cup, pour the batter quickly into the centre of the pan at the same time tipping it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated. If there are any holes, just fill them in with the batter using a teaspoon. It should take less than a minute to for the underside to turn golden. Check by lifting the edge with a palette knife.
- Flip the pancake over with the palette knife and cook the other side until golden. This side will need less time to cook. Then slide it out of the pan onto a warmed plate.
- Continue until all the batter is used. Overlap the pancakes on the warmed plate as you go, keeping them warm in the oven covered loosely with foil.
- Serve with some juice of the lemon squeezed over the pancake and a generous sprinkling of sugar. They can then be rolled or folded into quarters.