Folded, rolled, or stacked, crepes transition effortlessly from humble to haute cuisine. They're the French version of a wrap; vendors offer myriad crepe creations in the streets of Paris. They're equally prevalent in the finest French restaurants. Throughout northwestern France, casual dining establishments known as crêperies specialize in them. They can just as easily become a staple at your dinner table, too.
This superthin pancake can be one of the most versatile building blocks in the kitchen. A simple combination of flour, sugar, eggs, milk, water, and just a touch of butter, crepes are delicious in both savory and sweet recipes. Once you master the basic techniques for making the batter and cooking the crepes, variations abound with the simple addition of spices or herbs, and the possibilities for fillings are almost endless.