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Can you justify the space?
on 22 March 2011
There is no doubting that crepes are a good thing. They are a versatile addition to any culinary repertoire.
Achieving the almost paper-thin quality of a good French crepe is not easy using traditional kitchen equipment - the humble frying pan is much better suited to the slightly more substantial pancake.
So does every kitchen need a Breville Traditional Crepe Maker?
I would have to say no.
Technically there is nothing really to fault this piece of equipment. It heats up evenly, is easy to clean and delivers good results (once you have got used to the technique of spreading your batter over the cooking surface). The recipe/instruction book is well put together offering you plenty of options to expand your range of pancake recipes.
It is, by necessity a very large piece of equipment. To create 12in (30cm) diameter crepes, you need a cooking surface large enough. Unless you eat pancakes (and other batter-related concoctions) on a very regular basis, you are going to have to find a lot of empty cupboard space in which to store it.
This could well be ideal if you were to host a pancake party or something similar on a regular basis - but otherwise I suspect you might find that it is a piece of equipment that gets used a couple of times per year and then takes up a lot of cupboard space the rest of the time.
For the serious crepe fan only!