French Creperies Vs. CrepePro
12” is just slightly smaller than the standard size of the crepe makers used in professional crepe kitchens. This smaller size makes the CrepePro Mini ideal for use at home!
This is because it works on nearly any stove burner including electric, glass, and induction stovetops, and is much more maneuverable than other larger and bulkier pans.
Why Carbon Steel?
In order to truly provide the authentic French crepe-making experience, we had to use the original French crepe-making material. Carbon steel.
It seemed obvious to us that if the original crepe-making way wasn’t broken, it wasn’t our job to “fix it”. And besides, the early 13th century French were on to something when they used carbon steel to make their first crepes.
Carbon steel is durable, has a natural nonstick surface when seasoned, and is an excellent heat conductor. Perfect for crepes!
Why ¼” Thick?
Through careful testing, we have found that ¼” thick carbon steel produces the ideal cooking environment for crepes, tortillas, and even pizza!
When the steel was too thin, it didn’t conduct heat well enough to thoroughly and evenly cook the crepes. When the steel was too thick, the pan-cooked well but was just too heavy and bulky.
At ¼” thick we hit the sweet spot! The pan cooked as well as the thicker pans and at the same time was way more user-friendly. The result? Crepes that made professional creperies jealous!
Why No Lip?
Having a lip on the pan can actually make cooking crepes more difficult, which is why you don’t find creperies using frying pans. As you have probably seen, crepes are harder to flip in frying pans and are much more likely to tear.
The batter also tends to clump up at the pan’s edges causing uneven and doughy crepes.
No lip on the pan means a larger cooking surface which results in bigger, fuller crepes! For crepes that melt-in-your-mouth, remove the lip!
Why a raised handle?
Imagine trying to pick up a CD off of a flat table and your nails aren’t long enough (or are too long) to get underneath the CD. If your table didn’t have an edge that you could slide the CD to, it may never come up!
Now imagine this CD weighs 9 lbs, is 3 times the size, and is sitting on your glass top stove and you will understand why we raised the handle of the CrepePro Mini.
The CrepePro Mini was specifically designed with electric, glass, and induction stove tops in mind because you shouldn’t need a gas stove to have amazing crepes!