Originally Published on January 16, 2017
These homemade classic crepes are made with a couple of simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Perfectly thin and so delicious, these crepes can be enjoyed sweet or savory with whatever toppings you please.
Ah Paris, the "City of Love"—and the home to some of the best pastries and bread on Earth—croissants, brioche, baguettes, you name it! One of my favorite Parisian foods though is the classic crepe. Light, fluffy, airy and full of magical goodness, nothing quite says French dessert like a warm crepe. When Jacob and I visited Paris, I knew that the food was near the top of my list of things I had to try out. While Jacob geeked out over history and art, I was anxiously hunting down every corner cafe (and there really are cafe's on every corner) to find inspiring food.
After climbing down from the Eiffel Tower on our first evening in Paris, we made our way around the block, meandered through the various cafes and settled on a little place with a perfect view of the Eiffel Tower. We sat ourselves at one of the miniature tables, with barely enough room for two plates. A dashingly handsome french waiter (sorry, Jacob) came over and offered a welcome, ("Bonjour Mademoiselle," as my heart turned to mush) and I offered a timid, "Eh, parlez vous Anglais?" To which he replied, "I practice every day."
After ordering our meals, we were offered a dessert menu. This was my chance to try my first true Parisian crepe and it certainly did not disappoint! Drenched in a tart lemon syrup and sprinkled with sugar, this crepe was luscious. Paris had more than just lemon crepes though, they had strawberry crepes and Nutella crepes and banana crepes and the list goes on. Little mobile crepe stands were set up at famous locations around the city, each of them showing off Nutella jars the size of a small child. I felt like I had died and gone to heaven. Jacob had to put up with me stopping our travels every few hours to sit at a cafe, enjoy a handmade crepe and watch the crowds bustle through this amazing city.
All growing up, my family's favorite treat for special occasions was classic crepes. We'd have them for breakfast usually served with all of the breakfast fixin's (bacon, sausage, eggs, orange juice, you name it!). I learned to love the delicacy at a young age, which allowed me to appreciate the crepes I tried in Paris that much more. This crepe recipe will make you feel "la vie ne peut pas ere miex! (Life cannot be better) Bon Appetit!
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