Monday, January 30, 2012

French Dessert Crepes for Valentine's Dessert

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I've been hunting for a new tradition for our Family Valentine's Dinner. When I saw this gorgeous red crepe on pinterest, I knew I had found my answer! You see, I studied abroad in Paris during college, and I ate these all. the. time.
Like... I gained 10 pounds in 4 months. (I might be exaggerating a little)!
But as you can tell, I love dessert crepes.  I only make them on rare occasion. Looking forward to them once a year on Valentine's Day is going to be parfait!
 I have several ways to fill them, mix and match and try them all!
A few notes:
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*If you want to print this recipe, there is a print icon at the bottom of the post.
*Please pardon my french if anything doesn't look quite right!!! haha. During college, I studied 3 years of French and lived in the French Foreign language housing for a year, but I'm still far from fluent en francais. :) 

Dessert Crepes

Crepe Batter:
4 eggs
1 cup milk
2 TB melted butter
1 cup all purpose flour
2 TB sugar
dash salt
*add 1 tsp red food coloring if you want them red for ♥ Day!

Instructions:
In a blender... add eggs and beat lightly. Add the remaining ingredients and beat for 1 minute. Lightly butter or spray a crepe pan or shallow frying pan. Heat over medium high heat. Add a small amount of batter to hot pan and swirl to coat. Cook until batter loses its shine. Turn and briefly cook on other side. Fill as desired.

Fillings:
Crepe au Citron~
When crepe is cooked, melt butter on top. Then add lemon juice and a sprinkle of sugar. Roll or fold into thirds. A light yet mouth-watering experience!

Crepe au nutella~
Spread nutella over entire crepe, fold and indulge!

Crepe au nutella et des bananes~
Slice a banana. Spread nutella on crepe, top with bananas. Roll or fold.

Crepe a la creme fraiche et des fruits et ganache au chocolat~
(umm... i kind of "made up" a sweet recipe for creme fraiche)
3 oz. cream cheese
1/2 c-1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
Fruit: bananas, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, anything
Beat together cream cheese and powdered sugar with electric mixer. Gradually add whipping cream and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy. Yield: one cup.
Fill crepe with creme fraiche and fruit. Roll up. Top with fruit glaze or ganache.

Fruit Glaze~
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp Koolaid
1 cup water
4 TB cornstarch
1 1/2 cup sliced fruit, fresh or frozen
Combine sugar, Koolaid, and cornstarch in small saucepan. Gradually add water until combined. Boil gently. Simmer for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.Remove from heat and cool. Fold in fruit.

Ganache~
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 TB butter
1/4 cup whipping cream
Heat cream and butter on stovetop. Pour over chocolate chips. Stir. Drizzle over crepes.

Here's a few more pictures that might make your mouth water! 

Crepes with lemon and sugar.
 What you need.
 How-to.

Crepes with cream cheese filling, fruit, and ganache.
How-to. (You could just spoon it in, but I like to be fancy).

Crepes with Nutella, bananas, whipped cream, and ganache.
 What you need.
 How-to.


 This is the crepe pan I use. It's from Target. The "flipper" thing I bought in Paris at BHV.

 Here's how I sprinkle powdered sugar, by giving a sieve a few shakes.

 I used foam conversation hearts on top of a crepe and sprinkled sugar on top for a fun shape. You could of course cut your own hearts from parchment paper.

le fin.
bon apetit!
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17 comments:

Szobonya Bercel said...

yumm! Rach, you're AMAZING! I'm gonna do this thing on Valentine's day for sure!! :) :) I have a really cool hungarian style roll you should try out, here's the recepie: http://www.etukedvencreceptjei.blogspot.com/2011/07/undok-fiu-zsemleje-teljesen-veletlenul.html

The Cantelmo Family said...

My mouth is just watering!

Jesika said...

This looks great, definitely going to do this for Valentine's day! looking forward to more of your blog posts and entering into the sewvivor competition! :)

-Jesika
craftgeekjj.blogspot.com

Chrissy said...

Delicious!! Thanks for sharing!

Crafty Cousins said...

Yummy!
I just read your Hungarian Goulash post. When did your husband serve in Hungary? My brother served there, too.

Natalie
http://crafting-cousins.blogspot.com

Danielle said...

Hank you so much!! I needed a valentines day recipe. I think we might do this for breakfast. Can't wait!!

nichole said...

mmmm!Yummy!! I'm starving now!!fun reading all ur great recipes..but prolly wont make any right now..jus finishing up diet!! 10 lbs in 4 months?..umm I can so Identify! thx for sharing delish ideas! :)

Delia said...

I love me a good crepe! YUM!

Danielle said...

He lady! I just started my Valentines Day Linky carnival and would love for you to link this up:>


http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com/2012/02/valentines-day-countdown-linky-party.html

Our Delightful Home said...

Yummy!

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Lindsi B said...

oh yum yum yummy! I found you on Tip Junkie. Would you please share this with my readers for our Fun Stuff Fridays Valentine's Linky Party? I think it would be a great fit. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/02/14-days-of-valentines-fun-stuff-fridays.html

aniC said...

I love me some crepes and the ones with the ganache look amazing!!

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

These look amazing--making me hungry! Great job! I hope you will link up to my I Heart Projects Party if you haven't already.
http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/01/i-heart-projects-linky-party.html

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

Oh.my.word! These look amazing, Rachel!!!

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

I just featured these on my blog! Thanks for linking!

Lorilee said...

Just had to say I made this last night ( my first attempt at crepes) and they were a hit! Thanks so much for the simple recipes!

Rose :: Fine Craft Guild said...

gorgeous and so yummy looking...
I am actually coming to your site re. the Follower linky blog hop. I AM FOLLOWING YOU *** WILL YOU FOLLOW ME BACK ? Thank you so much when you do.

There is also a link party on our blog, where you can feature 'your best creative work'. There are some great projects to see already, but we want to see your work!

This url is both to FOLLOW and to PARTY: http://www.FineCraftGuild.com/party/

Hope to seeing you around!! Have a happy, creative day!