by Heather Harris Brady
You might think that you need a special pan or one of those spectacular large griddles to make crepes – you don’t. You just need a really good non-stick pan with rounded sides and flat bottom – and some patience. Because no matter what, the first few crepes are going to be something less than perfect.
But keep going! A couple crepes in, things will get better. By the end you’ll feel like a pro. In my experience it’s the same story, every time. The good news is, even the ones that aren’t as pretty are still delicious. Just roll them up, cover them in fruit and add a dollop of cream if you feel fancy.
This recipe (my stand-by from The Joy of Cooking 1975 Ed.) doubles easily, and while I used peaches because they are in-season and gorgeous, any fruit will work. If you can start this batter three hours ahead and let it sit in the fridge, so much the better – but in the pics below I only let it side for 30 minutes.
Peach Crepes, Makes four servings
- 3/4 c. flour
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1 t. double acting baking powder
- 2 T. powdered sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 c. milk
- 1/3 c. water
- 1/2 t. vanilla or 1/2 t. grated lemon rind
- 4 c. chopped sugared fruit
- Cream topping
- 1 pint heavy cream
- 1 T. sugar
- 2 T. 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
- 1 t. vanilla
Break the eggs in a bowl and beat well. Beat in the milk, water, and vanilla.
Add the dry ingredients and beat. If there are lumps just leave them be. Set the batter aside. (Refrigerate if you’re going to let it sit for longer than 30 minutes.)
While you’re waiting you can prep the cream topping. (I forgot to take pictures of this part.) Beat the heavy cream to soft peaks, beat in the sugar, vanilla, and cream cheese until smooth and whipped. Cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to plate.
When you’re ready to cook the crepes put your pan on to medium heat and lightly grease it with olive oil. Measure out 1/4 c. of batter.
Pour it in the pan and quickly swirl it around to cover the bottom in a very thin layer.
When the edges start too look dry flip it over.
Stack the cooked crepes on a plate as you go.
To plate, roll two crepes up on each plate.
Top each set with a cup of fruit and a nice dollop of the cream.
These are nice for brunch or dessert. If you make the crepes ahead of time it would only take a few minutes to plate it all up.