To get the best results when creating a crepe, you need to look over the best crepe pans to find the one that is right for you. The crepe is a delicious delicacy developed in Brittany, France. The thin crepe is traditionally composed of buckwheat flour, though several alternatives are available on the modern market. To properly cook a crepe, you need a shallow pan that allows you to flip the delicate crepes after only one minute of cooking to finish cooking the remaining side. The bottom of the pan must be thick to ensure even heat. Otherwise, the crepe will burn in one area while it is barely browned in another. The best crepe pans are lightweight with a handle that fits comfortably in the hand to facilitate the tossing of the crepe.
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1. The Large Crepe Pan from Maxi Nature Kitchenware
The Maxi Nature Kitchenware crepe pan is considered to be large. It can handle crepes up to 10 inches in diameter. The shallow lip is ideal for flipping crepes from one side to the next. The bottom of the pan consists of four layers of har aluminum to ensure even heating along the 10-inch non-stick surface. The bakelite handle keeps the touch cool and is shaped to be comfortable in the palm. With this pan, there is no need to compromise your crepe with a non-stick spray.
2. Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Crepe Pan
Cuisinart produces this low-cost, non-stick crepe pan with a hard-anodized exterior that transfers an even heat across the entire surface of the interior of the pan. The exterior is dense, nonporous, and wear-resistant, providing a pan that is durable and reliable for professional as well as home use. The interior surface of the pan consists of a non-stick surface reinforces with titanium to lighten the pan and make for easy flipping of crepes. The pan is equipped with a stainless-steel handle that fits comfortably in the hand.
3. The Lodge 10.5-Inch Cast Iron Griddle
Lodge offers one of the traditional crepe pans with this 10.5-inch cast iron griddle. As with all cast iron pans, this crepe cooker is seasoned with 100 percent pure vegetable oil to deliver the taste every crepe should possess. The thick bottom of the pan counters the weight of flipped crepes and provides that extra balance that feels so good in the hand. Like all cast iron pans, this shallow depth crepe pan provides years of service with the seasoning getting better with each use.
4. The De Buyer Crepe Pan
One of the smaller crepe pans on the market, this pan handles crepes up to eight inches in diameter. The pan is derived from blue steel that is seasoned with vegetable oil that improves with age. The non-stick quality of this pan comes from the seasoning, not from a special non-stick material. The pan is shallow and is ideal for those traditionalists who love to create omelets, pancakes, and crepes for a delicious and savory breakfast.
5. The Electric Crepe Pan from CucinaPro
The advantage of using this electric crepe pan is that you maintain constant control over the heat of the griddle area. The pan is expertly designed to ensure an even heat across the entire surface, unlike cheap electric griddles that depend on electrodes in a central area transferring its heat to the rest of the pan. The pan surface consists of a non-stick material that lets you use the supplied wood spreaders to manipulate the crepe while it cooks.
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6. The Le Creuset Toughened Crepe Pan
The quality of this Le Creuset crepe pan will not disappoint any avid crepe cooker whether on the professional front or at home. The pan has a heavy bottom that disperses heat evenly and a short lip that is perfect for making the fluffiest of pancakes, or the freshest of omelets. The pan surface is tough and will not peel or flake with use if you stay away from metal utensils. The handle is stainless steel that is hollow to inhibit any heat transfer to the hand.
7. The Isiler Electric Crepe Pan
Isiler designed this electric pan to handle the light-handed process of cooking crepes. The sides are minimal, and the surface is nonstick. The kit includes a wood crepe spreader and spatula to ensure that you do not use metal utensils on the pan surface. The heat is regulated through a 1080-Watt thermostat to provide you the power you need to handle anything from crepes to eggs and fried sandwiches. The 12-inch surface allows you to cook omelets of immense dimensions that will satisfy the largest of diets.
8. The Moss & Stone Eight-Inch Electric Crepe Maker
The Moss & Stone eight-inch electric crepe maker comes with a ceramic batter tray to reduce kitchen messes. The pan surface is non-stick and cleans with the swipe of a wet washcloth to make it ready for the next morning. The electrical unit is regulated to provide the perfect heat to cook crepes, tortillas, or omelets. The cooking surface on this affordable crepe pan is one of the smaller on the market, coming in at a mere eight inches.
9. The Mopita 12.6-Inch Crepe Pan
Mopita created this crepe pan for those who want the opportunity to make large crepes for a large appetite on a pan that is lighter than the regular crepe pan. The pan consists of cast aluminum to give it a lighter weight while dispersing heat evenly across the entire surface without the problem of hot spots that so often plague old-style crepe pans. The pan surface includes a mix of aluminum and titanium to provide a non-stick surface that does not corrode with time.
10. The Analon Bronze Crepe Pan
Analon offers one of the deeper crepe pans on the market. This bronze beauty is an eye-catcher in the kitchen. The cooking surface is covered with a non-stick material while the bottom of the pan has a handsome bronze that does not warp at any temperature. The pan is ideal for cooking crepes or for glazing tasty fruit treats. With this pan, you can cook thin materials such as tortillas or crepes and deeper dishes such as fluffy scrambled eggs without the risk of overflow.
Crepe pans come in a variety of shapes—some are so shallow as to appear not to have any lip at all, and others have a depth that facilitates the cooking of deeper dishes. Perusing this list of the best crepe pans demonstrates the variety that is on the market and allows you to make the choice that fits your needs.
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By BCR Staff