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Bit of a gimmick,
This review is from: Breville VTP130 Traditional CrÍpe Maker (Kitchen & Home)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)Maybe I'm being a bit picky with this but given the size of it, plus the cost, I'm struggling to figure out how it's better than a good quality frying or pancake pan. As another reviewer has said - you need a LOT of worktop space, not just because of the size of it, but because of the high temp it reaches you need plenty of room around it too so as not to end up burning anything, least of all your hands! And therein lies my first concern - it gets VERY hot on the higher temps and takes a reasonable time to cool down so it would be very easy for someone to accidentally burn themselves were they not aware it had recently been switched off. Plus you can't really move it anywhere easily when it's that hot either. So that was a definite downer for me.
The second problem I had was in trying to get the cooking temp right - I started off too high and was too slow (despite doing it immediately) in my "paddling" the mix around which ended up clumping onto the stick leaving me with a thicker pancake than I was after. Even on the lower temp it would still take you some practice to get it right but at least you can get it done enough to make a fairly thin crepe which is the only attraction I can see in having such a device.
Thirdly, the instructions said you should use kitchen roll loaded with butter to oil it up in between pancakes - easier said than done and rather messy into the bargain - I ended up just putting dabs of butter on but that ended up spitting all over the place well outside the rim of the cooker.
However, on the plus side, yes, the surface is excellent to clean but again I wonder how long that would last with regular use. I didn't figure the resulting crepes any better in taste than what I've made on the pan, although perhaps they were at least a shade thinner which was nice. Overall it took a little less time for cooking possibly and with not using lots of oil, it wasn't quite so messy a surface to cook on.
But it's not something I'd look to want to repeat the experience of again too soon and trust me, being disabled, I LOVE kitchen gadgets, but this one just hasn't excited me enough to make me want to lose 18" of kitchen worktop to it!