Crepe waffle are the answer to all of your breakfast conundrums – they’re easy to make, they taste great and they look fantastic too! But if you don’t follow these top tips you might end up with a soggy mess or an overly crisp shell (depending on how you like your crepe waffles!). Follow these few easy steps and you’ll be enjoying perfect crepe waffles every time in no time at all.
Use the Right Pan
The right pan can be a game-changer when it comes to cooking crepes. You’ll need a flat pan that can fit a little more than half a cup of batter so that it spreads out into one thin layer. It’s best to use nonstick, heavy-duty aluminum pans.
The Right Ingredients
It’s hard to go wrong with crepes, but there are some critical ingredients you should have on hand if you want to make your own. Eggs, flour, butter, milk or cream, and vanilla extract are staples. An ice cream scoop is also handy if you want a consistent serving size in each crepe waffle bite.
Proper Cooking Times
Whether you’re using a traditional waffle iron or a crepe waffle maker, cooking times will vary. The best way to tell when your waffles are done is to check them often. A bit of trial and error may be necessary if you have a new crepe waffle maker. The exact time needed depends on both size and recipe, but there are several common standards: 8 minutes for Belgian-style crepes; 5–6 minutes for thin round crêpes; and 4–5 minutes for large American-style classic squares. To prevent burning, never leave your crepes unattended while they’re cooking—you want to be able to flip them quickly to achieve an even golden brown color.
Keep it Simple
Maintaining a sense of ease and authenticity while making crepes is key to perfecting your crepe-making abilities. When you’re feeling anxious or overthinking things, it can turn what should be a fun cooking experience into a stressful one. Keep your cool and don’t make anything more complicated than it needs to be. A bit of creativity goes a long way in helping you keep things fresh, so feel free to get creative with your fillings—just don’t get carried away! Remember: crepes are easy. The secret to creating beautiful crepes that taste great is all about having fun while keeping things simple.
Sweet or Savory
There’s a common misconception that crepes are sweet (perhaps because of their namesake, French crepes) but really, you can put anything in them. Start with savory first—add some creamy ricotta and basil, wrap it up and you have a delicious Italian dish that’s also filling and low-calorie. Or start with sweet (fruit or chocolate spread works great) and kick it up a notch by adding some granola or nuts. Any way you make them, crepes are perfect as a meal or as dessert!
Cleanup is a Breeze!
There’s no batter to clean up or mess on your stovetop, either. You can make a few waffles in a row before you have to do any cleanup. Just wipe down your waffle iron with some vegetable oil and give it a quick rinse and you’re done! (If you need more details, be sure to check out our guide on how to clean your waffle iron).