Cuisinart Crepe Maker CPP-200 Review
My kids are having so much fun with this Cuisinart Crepe/Pizzelle/Pancake Maker. Their favorite cookie is the Belgian Butter Waffle Cookies At Trader Joe’s. We go through a minimum of 1 box a week. So, when Cuisinart sent over this Crepe Maker, the pizzelle cookie was the first recipe we tried.
The cookies were such a hit that we made 5 batches last week. The cookies are crisp, thin, buttery and not-too-sweet, which is how I like them. We’ve flavored the pizzelle cookies with regular vanilla, and then I made a batch with cardamom extract, which was divine!
After our initial obsession with pizzelle cookies, I wanted to see if we could make Chinese Green Onion Pancakes with the Cuisinart Crepe Maker. Chinese Green Onion Pancakes are flatbreads that are chewy, savory and flaky. They are more similar to
Indian flatbreads than they are with American “pancakes.”
Traditionally, the Green Onion Pancakes are fried in oil in a skillet. We thought it would be a great idea to cook them in the Crepe Maker.
Mom came over and helped me make the dough. With our first pancake rolled out, we lightly brushed oil on the bottom plate, placed the round pancake on the plate, then brushed the top of the pancake with a little more oil.
Closed the lid, and waited until the machine beeped to signal done.
When we first opened the lid, both Mom and I shook our heads in doubt. “This doesn’t look as good as pan-fry,” my Mom said. Disappointed, I agreed, and walked over to my cabinet to get out the skillet to cook the rest of the pancakes.
My Dad said, “Well, hang on a minute, let’s try it.” and proceeded to cut the pancake into the traditional triangle shaped pieces.
Crispy, crunchy, nutty, salty, savory. The Green Onion Pancakes were absolutely amazing! The boys came downstairs, followed their noses into the kitchen and ate piece after piece. The Crepe Maker crisps both sides of the pancake at the same time, and requires much less oil than pan-frying (only 1/4 teaspoon oil vs. 1 tablespoon oil). While you don’t get the chewy, tender pancakes from pan-frying, you do get crunchy, ultra thin crisp layers. I like both versions!
More thoughts on the Cuisinart Crepe Maker
-Super easy to clean, the plates remove easily, are non-stick and dishwasher safe.
-Comes with small tongs, a waffle-cone mold and a scoop. I don’t like using the scoop, so instead, I used a small 1 tablespoon melon-baller/ice cream scoop that made releasing the dough much easier.
-Love the built-in beeping timer.
-The Crepe Maker opens flat, so you have 2 cooking surfaces and can make naan, tortillas, flatbreads, arepas, etc.
-All my product reviews have pro/cons, but I honestly can’t think of anything I don’t like about the appliance.
We’ll publish the Green Onion Pancake recipe at a later time, we’re still working on the step-by-step photos!
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Cuisinart CPP-200 Crepe/Pizzelle/Pancake Plus
Cuisinart provided product for an honest review and for a giveaway.