Crepes by Suzette by Monica Wellington is a lovely book about the day in the life of a girl in Paris who has her own crepe stand. Follow her through the city as she makes different types of crepes for a variety of customers. This story weaves in French words on every page and the intricate collages reference great works of art like Dance by Henri Matisse or The Circus by Georges Seurat.
A book to be enjoyed by children of many ages. My boys first heard the story when they were three in their nursery class at Child’s Play (hearing it read by their teacher Danielle with her French accent made it even more special), and now that they are six they can recognize some of the works of art.
After you finish reading the story, follow the recipe in the back of the book (or below) to make crepes with your kids or head to Creperie off Thayer Street in Providence to watch how crepes are made and enjoy the delicious treat first-hand.
SUZETTE’S CREPE RECIPE (Yield: approximately 8 crepes)
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Utensils: a big bowl, whisk, ladle, spatula, and a large frying panIn the bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk. Beat in the milk. Then add the flour and mix until very smooth. Add the melted butter, sugar, and salt to the batter and blend well. It should have the consistency of very heavy cream. Add slightly more milk if necessary. (Alternatively, the mixing can be done in a blender or food processor.) The batter can be used immediately, but even better, cover and chill 1 hour or overnight.
Heat the pan and brush lightly with melted butter. Pour in a ladleful of batter (about 3 tablespoons). Quickly swirl the pan around so the batter spreads out thin. Cook over medium-high heat until the crepe is set and the edges are lightly browned and lift up easily, about 2 minutes. Flip the crepe, spread it with your favorite filling, and cook for another minute. Fold it in half, and then in half again, creating a triangle. Serve immediately!
Creperie – 82 Fones Alley, Providence, RI 02906
Choose from a variety of crepes — including the simplest with sugar on top, fruit filled, or filled with Nutella (my favorite). You can also order Belgian waffles, wraps, and fruit smoothies. This eatery is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Stools at the counter allow your kids to watch the crepes being made but beware this place is small (only about 5 tables), so if you see a seat, grab it. No highchairs or bathroom but worth the visit!