Homemade Nutella Crêpes
by Emma Gardner of Poires au Chocolat
To me, Nutella crêpes are all about fairs, festivals, and street markets. I’ve eaten them at home on the streets of Oxford and Switzerland, on holiday in Croatia, camping at Glastonbury, at the Christmas fair in London—there have been too many sticky, chocolatey fingers to mention. Though I make crêpes all the time at home, we’ve always gone for the traditional lemon and sugar or the glorious maple syrup and double cream. We make our crêpes with brown butter and a touch of salt. I’ve added some toasted chopped hazelnuts to the filling for a bit of nutty crunch, but I love them without, too.
The best thing about making Nutella crêpes at home was the feeling of all my memories of crowding around the stove making homemade crêpes merging with all those torn-apart Nutella-slathered crêpes eaten outside and made on those big round hotplates with a swirling stick.
Recipe: Nutella Crêpes
Makes 5-6 crêpes, but the recipe is easily multiplied
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
1/3 cup + 1 tbsp. all purpose flour
Big pinch of fine sea salt
1/2 cup milk
1-3 tsp. water
1/4 cup hazelnuts
5-6 heaping tsp. of Nutella
Melt the butter in a large, sturdy frying pan. Keep heating until the foam dies down and the butter is full of rusty flecks (if you’re nervous about making brown butter, see this post). Pour into a bowl to cool.
Tip the flour and salt into a mixing bowl and whisk together. Make a well in the middle then break the egg into it. Whisk in, incorporating some of the flour. Pour in a bit of the milk and whisk in, slowly incorporating all the flour and milk. Add one teaspoon of water, reserving the others to change the consistency if needed—it should be around double cream. Whisk in the brown butter. Scrape the batter into a jug, to make pouring easier (or use a ladle). Leave to sit for a few minutes.
Turn the heat back on and add the hazelnuts to the pan. Toast for a few minutes until the hazelnuts start to smell good and brown. Tip the nuts out onto a cutting board and chop into small pieces.
Place the pan over a high heat—once you can feel a strong heat when you hold your hand a few inches above the pan, turn the heat down a bit and add a small knob of butter and swirl around (if the pan is hot enough, the butter browns almost immediately after it melts). Holding the pan at an angle, pour a bit of the batter into the pan at the top and swirl into a thin layer. When it starts to brown around the edges, flip. Once that side is done, flip onto a plate and immediately spread with a heaping teaspoon of Nutella, sprinkle with some hazelnuts and fold up.
Adjust the consistency of the batter with a teaspoon or two of water if the pancake is too thick. Repeat, melting a little butter in the pan each time. The batter keeps in the fridge for a day (just whisk it back together before using).
Delicious. Thank you, Emma!