Stress-Free Gluten-Free Crêpes, Pancakes and Waffles - pick your favorite !

    Who does not like waking up to the aroma of crêpes, pancakes or waffles? 
As far as I am concerned, as soon as I smell them in the air, I start dreaming of maple syrup and all the tasty topping possibilities. 
    In Italy crêpes are one of the most popular after-dinner treats, people meet up in the cozy Creperie (Pronounced Crēpēreeē- which are little cafes that specialize in all different types of crêpes) or in the Gelaterie (Italian ice-cream parlors) that are spread throughout the towns, and chat the evening away savoring this French specialty that has become an integral part of the Italian night-life.
    My recipe is fairly easy, and based on your breakfast preferences, it can be adapted to also obtain the desired consistency needed for fluffy pancakes and crunchy waffles.
... As usual, make sure to look for my tips in green that will hopefully help you 
cut some corners...

(Serves 4)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of your favorite GF flour
  • 1 cup of milk (or milk substitute) 
  • 1/4 cup of water (or sparkling water) 
  • 1/4 extra cup of cold water 
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract 
  • 3 tbs sugar
  • A pinch of salt 
  • 3 tbs of salted or unsalted butter 
  • 1/2 tsp of GF baking powder 

Let's get cooking... 👩‍🍳
  • In a medium mixing bowl, beat the egg and the sugar on medium for 2 minutes
  • Add the milk, 1/4 cup of water, and vanilla, and beat one minute
  • Add the GF flour, baking powder and salt, and mix until everything is incorporated
  • In a non-stick medium pan (smaller if making Crêpes) melt the butter 
  • Pour the melted butter in the mixture, and keep mixing for one minute

If making crêpes: 
  • And you find that the consistency is too thick, add the extra water (or as much as you deem necessary to make the mix runnier than when making pancakes)
  • Pour 1/3 cup of the mixture in the hot pan that you used to melt the butter in, and swirl it around to coat the entire surface 
  • Cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the edges start detaching from the sides of the pan
  • Flip the crêpe, and keep cooking until the bottom looks light brown 
  • Remove from the pan, and spread chocolate, jam or honey on half of the surface 
  • Fold in half, and then half again to obtain a triangle

If making pancakes (or waffles)
  • Do not add the extra 1/4 cup of water!
  • By using a small ladle or a 1/3 measuring cup, pour three or four rounds in the pan
  • Cook for 1.5 minutes or until you see bubbles forming on the surface
  • With a heat-safe spatula flip the pancakes
  • Keep cooking for another minute, or until they feel firm to the touch of the spatula
  • Serve hot with any of your favorite toppings (like hazelnut spread, maple syrup, etc.) or let cool and freeze for later

Buon Appetito!
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