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Recipe: French Pancakes (Crepes)

Crepes

French Pancakes (Crepes)

Many years ago while I was in high school, we hosted a french exchange student. She made us this delicious breakfast that could moonlight as a dessert. It was Crepes! These very thin “pancakes” are surprisingly easy to make. Filled with fresh fruits, you can’t go wrong! Cook up a batch for breakfast and let me know how you like them!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 c Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Baking Powder
2 Tbs Demerara Sugar
4 Eggs
1 1/3 c Milk
2/3 c Water
1 tsp Vanilla

Fillings:
Butter
Sour Cream
Fruit (sliced banana, diced apple, blackberries, jam…)

Instructions:

Mix all your dry ingredients in a large bowl (flour, salt, baking powder, sugar). Mix all your wet ingredients in a medium bowl (eggs, milk, water, vanilla). Pour your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and lightly mix. It’s ok if there are lumps. Ladle crepe mix onto a hot griddle making a large, thin pancake circle. When the edges look like they are completely set and starting to dry, flip them gently with a large spatula. You want a nice light golden brown color on the crepes. Cooking time will very, but for my griddle, it’s around 3 minutes per side. Fill the crepes with your desired fillings and gently roll up. Sprinkle a little sugar on top of the crepe and you’re done!

Flour Flour, sugar, salt, baking powder Four Eggs Add Vanilla Bananas, Apples, Blackberries Crepe side 1 Crepe side 2 Wife's crepe Husband's crepe Berry crepe

What do you fill your crepes with?

If you liked my crepes, you’ll love my other recipes!

Recipe: Fresh Tomato Soup

Fresh Tomato Soup

Ingredients:
4 c chopped fresh tomato
1 Tbs dried minced onion
1/8 tsp cloves
2 c chicken stock
2 Tbs butter
2 Tbs flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp demerara sugar

Instructions:

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat, combine tomatoes, onion, cloves and stock. Bring to a boil. Boil for about 20 minutes to bring all of the flavors together. Remove from heat and immersion blend it. Then run the mixture through a fine strainer into a large bowl. Save any left over pulp type stuff to use as a great tomato paste. I put mine in calzone.
  2. In the empty pot, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour to make a roux, cooking until the roux is a medium brown. Gradually whisk in a bit of the tomato sauce, then stir in the rest. Season with sugar and salt, and adjust to taste.

Recipe: Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole
(makes about 10 servings)

Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients:

Casserole:
2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, (3 medium), peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup low-fat milk
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
3-4 Tbs orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt

Topping:1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
2 Tbs Demerara sugar (can substitute in brown)
1 Tbs orange juice
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 cup chopped pecans

How To:

  1. Preheat oven to 350`. Set aside a 2qt. casserole dish.
  2. Place sweet potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat until done, about 15 minutes
  3. Meanwhile, make the topping. Mix flour, sugar, orange juice, oil and butter in a small bowl. Blend with a fork or pastry blender until very crumbly. Stir in pecans.
  4. Back to the potatoes, drain and mash in the pan. Measure out around three cups but more is just fine too.
  5. Whisk eggs, oil and honey in a medium bowl. Add sweet potato and mix. Then add in milk, orange zest, orange juice, vanilla and salt. Put it all in the casserole dish. Try to spread it out evenly.
  6. Sprinkle topping over the casserole. **At this point you can cover and put in the fridge for up to 2 days if needed**
  7. Bake the casserole until heated through and the top is lightly browned, 35 to 45 minutes.

If you like my Sweet Potato Casserole, you’ll love my other recipes