Whether you’re from the camp of « French people are cowards » or « France is the most romantic country in the world ! » one thing is clear: the French are responsible for inventing a tasty, versatile and fun, flexible food that most people love to devour, celiacs and gluten-free people notwithstanding.
The crepe’s humble origins began in Brittany, France, which is located in the northwestern portion of the « Hexagon » as French people call France. Harsh terrain, steep cliffs and cool weather were the perfect ingredients to grow buckwheat, so it would naturally be logical that foods made with local ingredients would soon follow. Ground buckwheat was made into a light batter and spread on a circular grill. Lo and behold, the crepe was born! To be more accurate, the galette was born, then its sister, the crepe (made with flour), was born.
Thanks to this perfect pancake, which is a thinner version to the pancakes we’re used to seeing in the U.S., most of the world over has been exposed to them, are familiar with them, and a growing number of people appreciate them with a passion. This has lead to home cooks enjoying making crepes at home, and the sales of crepe pans increased exponentially in just a short period of time.
But while making crepes in crepe pans is satisfying and even fun, the best way to prepare them is to use a professional crepe maker. The professional crepe maker is bar-none better than the home crepe maker, although much pricier. The cost difference is significant in a sense but you should consider buying one anyway because of several factors: 1) lifespan; 2) quality; 3) simple to use thermostat controls; 4) heat retention; 5) ease of use; and, 6) easy clean up. A home appliance simply doesn’t compare to a professional crepe maker. The former will not last as long, may be made with inferior parts and chemical coatings that may be harmful to the health of its users, may not cook the crepes evenly or well, for that matter, along with a whole list of other problematic issues. It’s best to stick to what works: a professional crepe maker. You will enjoy incredible crepes for years to come.