May 4, 2011

M'sieur Crêpe?



Recently, spending some time at the local Good Will with my friend Sarah, I found myself wandering along the cooking aisle, per usual. While the shelves are usually filled with broken toasters and greasy pans, a certain object caught my attention.

It was M'sieur Crêpe.

It was a small disc-shaped device with a metal cooking surface. It looked like it was fairly old, but was still in pretty good shape. I picked it up and, turning over, saw that it was only $2. There was something intriguing about it, and at half the price of a latte, I decided to get it. Crepes were one of the firs things that I ever cooked on my own. Why not see where M'sieur Crêpe would take me next?

I brought it home and plugged it into the wall. Turning up the temperature, to my surprise, it worked.

The next morning, we decided to make crepes with it.

This is where things got tricky. We actually had no idea whatsoever as to how this device is meant to be used. Do the crepes go right on the warm metal surface? After making some simple crepe batter, we ladled it onto the metal surface, which we had buttered. The crepes didn't seem to spread out much, despite our efforts. Could this be right?

After making about half a dozen "crepes," since I do not think these should be truly referred to as crepes, we decided to check if any info on the internet might enlighten us. After checking a blog post on the subject, we found that we weren't quite on the right track. Apparently, M'sieur Crêpe, which hasn't been produced in at least a few decades, has a pan that comes with the set. The metal surface is simply a heating unit.

Oh well. We continued to make the crepes on the surface until all the batter was used up.

They turned out a little on the chewy side for crepes. But with a little of syrup that Sarah's mom had made, they weren't bad.

15 comments:

  1. My host mother makes the BEST crêpes in the world! Her secret? 1 egg for every 50g of flour, melted butter, and... BEER! It makes them lighter, apparently :)

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  2. I've used something that I think is similar to that device before, and we turned it upside down and dipped it in a shallow container of thin batter so that it coated the surface nicely. Sounds like you made it work tho. :)

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  4. I made a video just for people in your predicament, because the first time I saw one of these it didn't have the pan either. At the end of the video it shows how to use it as a frying pan, too. https://youtu.be/3RYcdX0d14Q

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