Crepes on a Sandwich Press

Crepes are delicious, but incredibly difficult to pull off in a normal kitchen. Good news everyone: with a couple of fairly common household utensils you can whip up perfectly cooked thin pancakes that are almost as delicious as fancy crepes and incredibly quick and easy to make. Merry Christmas Breakfast to you!

You Will Need

  • A flat sandwich press
  • A Commonsense Cookery Book (100 years old this year – we are working with a classic recipe!)
  • Ingredients for your pancakes: An egg, a cup of plain flour a pinch of salt and 1 1/4 cups of milk.

Make The Pancakes

Pull out your Commonsense Cookery Book and turn up the recipe for “Batter for Pancakes, Etc.” (p174 in my copy). It’s a pretty straightforward recipe: beat together the sifted flour, egg and half the milk until the lumps are gone, and then add the rest of the milk in slowly. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes once you are practised.

Pancakes 1 Pancakes 2

Let the batter stand and turn your sandwich press on. When it is ready to go, use a soup ladle to spoon the batter onto the sandwich press. Just less than one soup ladle will make a perfect sized pancake.

Pancakes 3

Close the sandwich press and let it cook for a few minutes. It will flatten your pancake into a perfect circle and cook both sides at once!

This recipe will make 6-8 pancakes. Double it or triple it for a Christmas Breakfast Feast.

Eat The Pancakes

Serve with:

  • Lemon and sugar
  • Nutella
  • Greek yoghurt, strawberries, maple syrup and chopped pecans
    (hat tip to Angus B for this amazing combination)
  • Straight maple syrup (no compromises: get the proper stuff from Canada)

Don’t forget a good pot of tea on the side. Merry Breakfast!

Pancakes 5



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