crepe making machine
- Pat Hammond Mar 27, 1998 12:20 PM
I'm trying to locate a supplier for a crepe making
appliance that is popular in Paris. It is sort of a
hot plate/griddle thing. One sees these vendors
everywhere there. I think there must be some in this
country, though I've not seen them here in the midwest.
I saw one in Zabar's in Manhattan a couple of months
ago. You can get the number from 212 information.
Zabar's does mail order. Another gigantic New York
kitchen supply place is called Broadway Panhandler,
which also ships everywhere and should have the device.
Still, it is not necessary to have a special machine
to make crepes. Even in France, the machines are not
exactly cheap. You would have to make a lot of crepes
to justify the expenditure. In Julia Child's video on
crepe making, she uses the back of a non-stick skillet
(i.e., inverting it over the burner). I tried it last
year and made dozens of crepes with no problem. Her
other secret: Use Wondra flour instead of regular.
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re: pat hammond
Well, if you aspire to be a professional then you need
to get a really grimy, beat-up machine and cover it
with aluminum foil and bits of charred batter. You
should have told me about this last week when I was in
Brittany. I could have stolen one for you. There is a
particularly grubby place in Dinan that would have
provided the perfect unit. Still, if you can only make
it as far as Paris there are some pretty good examples
along Rue Montparnasse--but there is no seashore there
and most of the cooks are men.
You and I have the same dream!!! I dream of having a
little crepe stand on a street corner in San Diego
someday. I have just started researching it - in fact
I am going to Paris in June to do just that! Whatever
information I find I will send to you. I have the
Williams & Sonoma crepe maker and it is very nice, but
I dont think it is quite as big as the ones in Paris.
It has a nonstick surface that may not endure like the
ones there, but it would work nicely for a crepe stand
if you had two of them. If you are like me you
probably would like the original item. I'll keep you
I would also be interested in any imfromation that you may have found on these crepe cookers. I was at the bevery hills farmers market a month ago and saw a vender with a portable crepe cooker. I have a catering buisness and if thought this would be a great idea for
a brunch presentation. I live on the east coast and figured when I got home I would simply just order one. Not so easy. I have asked many equiptment venders and they have not heard of this machine. Please help.
re: Steve Townshend
I think what you're looking for is a Maxim Electric Crepe Maker, which, when heated, is inverted and dipped into a pie plate filled with batter. Seconds later, presto! A light on the handle signals when the crepe is done. I got mine at Broadway Panhandlers in SoHo, but I think Williams Sonoma also carries the crepe maker. The factory, The Maxim Company, is in Newark, NJ; they may well have a web site.
Good luck and happy catering!
re: Steve Townshend
I'm sorry that I can't add anything helpful to Tom's post. I have checked with Williams Sonoma and they do have the one Tom described, except that's not what I was after; it might work for your purposes. I wanted the kind I saw on the streets of Paris. How about asking the guy at the Farmer's Market where he got his? He'll either cooperate or tell you to get lost. Good luck and please let us hear what you find. p.