Smothered in molten milk chocolate, simply topped with lemon and sugar, or filled with savoury ingredients like melted cheese, cold meats and fresh vegetables to create a full meal – there's no end to the culinary transformations that a crêpe can undertake.
A French classic since its accidental invention in the late 19th century, crêperies are a common sight on the streets of France. If you're after something savoury for lunch, head to Crêperie De La Vieille Bourse. But if you've got more of a sweet tooth, La Crêperie and La Crêpe D'Angèle are more your style – these delights are perfect for brunch, lunch, light supper and definitely dessert.
The French word 'crêpe' not surprisingly, comes from the Latin word 'crispa', meaning 'curled'. They've come a long way since the first ones were made on hot stones over fires though, now made in cast-iron frying pans, or on specially-made electric griddles.
The delightful sweet flavour of crêpes is enjoyed all over the world today, and there's loads of cultural variations. Norway serves up pannekake, while the German population prefer the term pfannkuchen, and the Swedish whip up some pannkaka or plättar.
So, where did the crêpe frenzy begin? It was actually the result of a kitchen disaster – a 14-year-old waiter named Henri Carpentier was cooking dessert for the Prince of Wales, he accidentally burnt the pastry he was making, and with no time to make anything else, he served it anyway.
Carpentier went on to publish a book, in which he says the taste of his accidental wonder 'would reform a cannibal into a civilized gentleman'. We think that's a lot of pressure to put on a dessert, but the Prince loved it so much he sent all sorts of gifts to Carpentier the very next day.
The crispness of crêpe batter, the mildness, its endless versatility, and the fact it can be whipped up in a matter of minutes has made this dish a favourite snack that appeals to all palates.
If you're after choices, head to Crêperie De La Vieille Bourse. Sweet or salty, they've got just about every topping you can imagine. We love the Méditerranée, packing in goat cheese, merguez, fresh tomatoes, mushroom and egg.
Or your next order could be a sticky sensation from La Crêpe D'Angèle. Here you can choose from a range of homemade jams such as apricot, blueberry, strawberry and gooseberry. Or instead, why not opt for the fruity combination of apple and cinnamon, or pear and melted chocolate, from La Crêperie? The choice is all yours…
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