May 20, 2013

Crepes!

I really really like crepes.  I particularly love having an excessive number of leftover ones to keep in the fridge so I can wrap anything and everything in one for the next week.

This week's crepe invasion started as many do- I have way too many strawberries.  Three pounds of strawberries, to be precise.  They were only five dollars and I couldn't resist!  But now I have to figure out how to eat three pounds of them before they get mushy and gross.  Therefore, Joe gets sucked into over an hour of crepe cooking!  He's a very good sport about all this, really.

Before you get started, know that they take a long time.  At least they take me a long time, because as I said, I make about 5 times more than I need (I doubled the recipe below).  Dozens of crepes!

The recipe itself is simple.  Mix together 1 cup flour, 1 tsp sugar, and a dash of salt in a small bowl.  Mix 3 eggs and 2 cups of milk in a big bowl, stir in that flour mixture until smooth and a little frothy. Add 2 Tb of melted butter.  Pour a few tablespoons worth into a buttered pan on medium heat, flip when browned, and serve as you like!

As a note:  the first crepe is always terrible as it picks up all the pan's butter and looks ugly.  But from then on your pan should be just greased enough that you can just keep on churning them out.

 after you pour, turn your pan to get an even layer

You can tell this one's ready to flip as the edges are crispy, it looks mostly cooked through, and the underside is browned nicely.



 perfect!


stack 'em up! 


My all-time favorite filler is nutella and strawberries.






Simply spread your nutella in the middle:


throw on your berries:


And roll up burrito-style!
we always eat while cooking. 





Another delicious option is the sautéed banana!

Peel off half-way and slice up:



And toss in a warm pan with butter:




 that darker part is where it's gotten properly soft and mushy



This makes them the ideal combination of warm, soft and gooey on the inside, and a little bit crispy on the outside.



Once again, slather your crepe with nutella, cover that with bananas, and roll it up.  
Try not to burn your mouth!




Pure deliciousness!

The Recipe:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp sugar
dash of salt
3 eggs
2 cups milk
2 Tb melted butter

Mix dry ingredients in small bowl and set aside.  Whisk eggs and milk together, add dry ingredients slowly.  Add melted butter.

Pour a few tablespoons worth into a buttered pan over medium heat. Cook each side until browned.

This makes about a dozen crepes.
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