Nothing quite beats a homemade crêpe when it comes to enjoying the Japanese summertime. Light thin pancake-y goodness wrapped with seasonal fruits, syrups and cream are a heavenly creation made to die for.

A true comfort food, the crêpe is a dish that should be mastered by all – and that shouldn’t be too difficult anymore as Gelato Pique is now offering up “easy to make crêpe mixtures” for those who want to have a perfected crêpe straight from their very own home stove.

The crêpe mixtures are on sale at Gelato Pique stores and Gelato Pique Cafes across Japan for the price of 1,200 yen (excluding tax). It’s best to get your hands on a package ASAP as there are no current plans to restock once they all sell out.
Made without the use of additives, colorings and white sugar, this mixture is made with healthy eating in mind. The mixture is made out of French wheat flour and beet sugar, and can be enjoyed by both adults and children alike.

Once you get your hands on a crêpe mixture from Gelato Pique Cafe why not try out the following basic pancake recipe to make at home and then follow up with one of the toppings for a sweet or savoury dish:

Basic Crêpe

200g Easy to make crêpe mixture powder
1 Medium egg
230ml cold water
30ml milk
Butter for greasing the pan
Your choice of toppings (i.e lemon, honey, nuts, sugar)

1 – Beat the egg in a large bowl
2 – Add the crêpe mixture and whisk
3 – Add the water and milk in slowly and mix thoroughly until there are no lumps
4 – Melt butter and grease the pan
5 – Pour one ladle of the crêpe mixture to the centre of the frying pan. Tilt the pan so that the mixture spreads across the pan
6 – When the edge of the pancake is dry and beginning to curl, flip the pancake over (you can use a spatula if you’re not quite a pro at flipping pancakes just yet)
7 – Add your favourite topping and serve straight away
(optional) – add butter to the pancakes immediately after they’ve been cooked.

Berrys and Ice Cream Crêpes Sucrées

Top off the basic plain crêpe with a homemade (or store bought) mixed berry sauce and vanilla ice cream – the perfect treat for hot summer days when you need to keep cool and refreshed!
Alternatively swap out the ice cream for a high-protein yogurt for a sweet recipe with nutritional value great for a post workout meal.

Ham and Cheese Crêpes Salées

For a light lunchtime or brunch meal finish off your basic crêpe recipe with toppings of ham, cheese and eggs. Top it all off with slices of avocado, some salad leaves, and a dash of salt, pepper and olive oil.

Caprese Crêpes Salées

An easy to make healthy lightweight option for brunch, to make this dish complete your basic crêpe with a topping of refreshing caprese salad. Make the salad topping easily at home by seasoning freshly chopped tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and avocado with olive oil and a dash of balsamic vinegar.

You can pick up your very own Gelato Pique Cafe “easy to make crêpe mixture” at Gelato Pique stores located across Japan. A number of Gelato Pique stores are located in the Kanto, Kansai, Hokkaido, Tohoku, Tokai, Chugoku and Kyushu regions. With more than 30 stores situated across Japan you can be sure to find a Gelato Pique store or Gelato Pique Cafe near you. To find your nearest store or cafe check out the official website here.

By - Connie Sceaphierde.