Pancakes in English, crepes in French and crespelle in Italian, however you want to call them they are delicious and so versatile. Sweet or savoury there are so many recipes out there to suit most palates if you like eggs of course.
I was watching Laura making these. We wanted something quick and tasty for lunch and she came up with pancakes. We filled them up and then tied them up in little parcels using a leek stalk. Our filling was just broccoli and parmesan but you can swap it for whatever you fancy.
A really nice and easy idea for a dinner party. You can make them in advance and just warm them up before serving them.
The batter needs to rest for 30 minutes in the fridge before cooking the pancakes. This recipe makes about 6 pancakes.
- Prep Time : 20 minutes
- Cook Time : 15 minutes
- Yield : 6
Melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat and let it cool down.
In a bowl whip the eggs with a fork then add the milk, a pinch of salt and mix well.
Sift the flour directly into the bowl and keep whisking with the fork to prevent lumps. If you get any lumps pass the mixture through a sieve, this should help to remove them. Add the melted butter and mix well to get a smooth and velvety mixture. Cover the bowl with cling film and let it rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes. After this time you can cook your pancakes in a pan measuring approx 20 cm or 8 inch diameter.
Heat up a little butter in the pan on a medium-high heat and when it is sizzling hot pour a small ladleful of batter, tilt and rotate the pan to help distributing the batter around.
Cook the pancakes for about one minute each side over a low heat; shake the pan from time to time to prevent the dough from sticking to the bottom. Cook them until they will look slightly golden then transfer them on to a plate by sliding them from the pan.
Wash the leek, strip a few leaves off and cut some stalks with the help of a knife.
Prepare a filling of your choice. We made it very simple by steaming a few broccoli florets, we added a dash of olive oil, a pinch of salt and plenty of grated Parmesan cheese but here are some more ideas:
- Vegetables and chicken: cut some chicken breast into strips, season it and cook it in a pan until golden with a little olive oil then mix it with some cooked veggies of your choice like carrots and peas and grated cheese. Serve with Greek yogurt on the side.
- Salmon, soft cheese and chives: cut finely a handful of chives and mix them with little pieces of smoked salmon and soft cheese.
- Mushroom, ham and ricotta: Clean the mushrooms and slice them. Cook them in a pan for a few minutes with 2 tbsp of olive oil until nice and golden. Mix them with ricotta cheese, salt and pepper and little strips of ham.
Add a tbsp of filling at the centre of each pancake, close it well in and make a parcel then tie it up with a leek's stalk.
Cute, isn't? 🙂