ffwd – butter and rum crepes

I might as well just start with… this was an epic fail. I made the batter ahead. I felt fairly confident that they would be nice. But I just couldn’t get them to cook right. I haven’t made crepes for a long time, and to be honest, probably my most consistent efforts have been using the long-lost electric crepe maker I used to have.

I started out with such promise. And thought – sure, this will work. Nope, not that one! But of course, you have to get everything right, so I tried. And tried again.

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In the end, my little rat/bison/javalina last effort worked out the best… but not exactly what I was looking for. Sigh….

The best part was that I had some of this vanilla-orange sauce left over, and if my crepes had been nice, it would have been perfect with them.

I’m sure everyone else had much better success. If you’d like to check out the real way to make crepes, you can find that here.

27 thoughts on “ffwd – butter and rum crepes

    • And it’s delicious sauce indeed! A friend made it with a mixed fresh citrus salad, and it was so good that I made one for a brunch last weekend. Then I had it with other fruit… you get the idea. At least I already had it on hand – and yes, it was still good with all of my “mess”.

  1. I was thinking the same as Liz- regardless of looks I bet they tasted fab 🙂 So sorry to hear you had troubles with them. I made it through but honestly, it was a bit stressful and I would not call them easy. I thought I got lucky 🙂 And I thought it would be a disaster so I actually doubled the recipe hoping I would eek some photo ops out of it. Needless to say, hubby was happy. Thanks for keeping it real.

  2. So sorry for all your trouble with this recipe! From your photos, looks like you have a few in the pan that look like they would have come out fine…maybe it was the pan! It takes some playing around to get the right proportions, too! Boy do I hate when that happens!

  3. Sorry it didn’t work out for you. This is not as easy as I thought it would be. The sauce was delicious and I am sure you will find a use for it.

  4. My mom had one of those electric crepe makers back when I was in high school. I used to make crepes a lot back then. Much easier than pouring, swirling, flipping in a pan. I think those unique shapes tasted just as good as a perfectly round crepe would have. Do try again!

  5. We liked the idea of the sauce as well and even crêpes that are not perfectly shaped will taste wonderful when using this recipe – so I am sure that the “off” crêpes were delicious too! Just one more reason to try the recipe again!
    Have a nice Sunday!

  6. Ouch. I would suggest pulling out the very basic recipe from the Joy of cooking and practicing with that one. That way you will not feel bad about having to throw some out. Also, ignore Dorie’s advice for only adding a few tablespoons of batter. I put everything into a measuring cup with a pour spout and kept going until I had enough to cover the pan. If you get too much, you can always pour it right back out. I promise that it will get easier.

  7. I am so sorry it did not work out! It was tricky for sure and I had to discard a few because there were not round. That’s why I tripled the recipe so that I had enough for batter for the case I missed a few!

  8. Oh no! Your crepes looked good, it’s just that tricky darn flipping – and if your pan isn’t co-operating, it doesn’t help. I think I was saved only by a brand spanking new pan. Glad you liked the sauce.

  9. Ohhh, Candy. I haven’t made crepes for a long, long time and didn’t bring a crepe pan to Cambria for the Winter (now, why would I?). Since daughter Melissa is visiting me this week, she brought hers so I could make them a week late. (When she handed over the crepe pan upon her arrival, she said, “I wouldn’t miss this for anything.”) Now, I have just read her your Post (which made me very nervous) and asked her if she would help me if I have a difficult time. After falling off the couch laughing, she said, “I will take pictures.” Melissa is supposed to stay a week. It may be a very long week. I am sorry about your fail and hope I don’t follow your path. Wish me luck.

    • I’m sure yours will be perfect! After reading that others had doubled (or tripled) the recipe!, I didn’t feel quite so bad about my half-recipe fail.

      Your week sounds lovely!!! Enjoy

  10. I’ve made a large number of crepes for blintzes so I am sort of used to this but this batter is delicate – more so than the crepe batter I usually use so don’t beat yourself up. As Mardi and Dorie said – using your fingers to flip was pretty necessary. These were definitely easy to break. Keep trying!

  11. Sorry for the problems Candy. I’m sure it was the pan and not anything you did wrong:) Before I had my beautiful crepe pan I could make crepes like a champ!

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