Delicious French crêpe and galette guide
Technically speaking, a crêpe is a type of pancake that is very thin and made from either wheat flour or buckwheat flour; the latter crêpe batter typically makes what are known as galettes which are savory crêpes that originate from the French region of Brittany. Both of these are absolutely delicious if you have the opportunity to visit France then definitely make sure you check out some crêperies and even the crêpe stands throughout Paris and other French cities typically have delicious galettes and crêpes. Whether you have tasted the deliciousness for yourself in France, or still have yet to travel there, you can bring the French crêpe and galette experience to your home easily.
While I’m sure each French chef has their own secret to making delicious galettes and crêpes, it might be fun to play around with your own ingredients to create your own special crêpe batter. However, the basic foundation for galettes is buckwheat flour, while crêpes require regular wheat flour, both of which you can easily find in the U.S. The key to both of these is making sure that your mix the ingredients right to achieve the extremely thin pancake-like finished product. Using a crêpe maker will also help you achieve this.
Once you have your finished crêpe or galette, the next important step is to choose your delicious galette and crêpe fillings. To be a true and traditional French diner, a ‘galette complète’ is filled with emmentel cheese, which is similar to the more common swiss cheese in the U.S., a slice of ham, and an egg. The galette is cooked so that the cheese is melted and the egg is cooked slightly on the outside but when broken the yolk is runny. However, you can add almost any delicious variety of meat, fish, cheese, and fruit & vegetables. For your crêpe dessert, go for Nutella, an absolutely delicious hazelnut chocolate spread that thankfully has made its way into the U.S. grocery stores, and bananas. Or maybe even caramel and apple slices for a fusion of the traditional American apple pie and the French crêpe.
However you go about making your delicious galette and crêpe meal, you will not be disappointed, and if you haven’t yet, make sure you plan a trip to visit very soon!
Written by Lizzy Jude