be lacy, thin and light - very different to American style thick
pancakes. The first pancake is usually the'tester'. It
checks the consistency of the batter, the heat - which should be
brisk - and the amount of batter required. Serve with lemon juice
and brown sugar, with maple syrup and raspberries, with chocolate
sauce or even rolled around seafood sauce and baked!
- 75g (2 3/4 oz) plain flour
- 2 small eggs
- 140ml (1/4 pint) milk
- 2 tbsp beer or lager
- A pinch of salt
- 30g (1 oz) butter, melted
- Oil for frying
- Place the flour and eggs in the blender and blend at Speed 5 for a few
- Scrape down the jar, add the remaining ingredients (except the
oil) and blend again for a few more seconds until the mixture is
- Allow to stand at room temperature for 45 minutes to an
- Stir gently and check the consistency: it should pour easily
like thick whipping cream. Dilute with water if necessary.
- Heat a small shallow frying or crepe pan, ideally 20cm (8
inches) in diameter, grease it lightly with oil and pour in just
enough batter to cover the pan by about 1.5mm (1/12 inch), turning
and twisting the pan to make the batter flow across in a
- Pour out any excess.
- Set the pan squarely over the hob to ensure even cooking and,
when a brown rim shows around the edge of the crepe, turn it over
with a table knife or fork, or toss if you're feeling brave.
- Crepes normally cook in about 30 seconds each side.