Ok it’s Matt and yes I can cook, and it was my “Random Act of Love” for the day.
I made Crepes, with tons of fillings and creams. It wasn’t my first time making the crepes, I have made them since high school, but the cream cheese fillings was new. First I started with a new recipe from Alton Brown on the Food Network – Basic Crepe (print recipe here, from Food Network) It is
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup flour
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 2 1/2 tbs sugar for sweet desert crepes, and 1 tsp vanilla extract (add in the blender)
- or for savory crepes 1/4 tsb salt, and 1/4 cup chopped herbs, spinach or sun dry tomatoes (add after blender)
Combine all of the ingredients into a blender. Mix for about 10 seconds and place in a bowl and then let set in the fridge for at least on hour to let the bubbles work out. Less bubbles means the crepes stay together and tear less.
For the creme filling I made the following amounts and split it 3 ways:
- 12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- one tsp vanilla extract
On one third which was about a cup, I added about 1/4 cup of puree strawberries (or what ever fruit you want) I mixed the two and poured them into a bowl.
On another third I squeezed one lemon juice into a bowl, and scraped the zest into it. We actually do not have a zester so I used a serrated knife. Just be careful. I blended the creme filling with this lemon juice and zest and placed in a bowl.
On the last third I left as is, and used it as a filling along with what ever you would like. It was good along side the Apple and Pear Cinnamon filling as an idea.
To make them simply add the filling inside and fold. Or you can fold them and add the topping on top.
Some ideas are Chocolate syrup, Maple Syrup, whip cream, fruit of all sorts, cream fillings, caramel syrup, And for the savory crepes you can add meat, veggie’s, you name it. Crepes are like the French form of Burritos.. anything works… Have Fun!
Bellow are links to more crepe ideas…
Chocolate Crepes with Fresh Strawberry Creme Filling (print recipe here, from Food Network)
Lemon Crepes with Lemon Cream filling (print recipe here, from Food Network)