Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Twelve Baked Goods of Christmas - Recipe 12: Christmas Morning Crepes

Alright, you caught me. This isn't technically a baked good. But who doesn't like to eat something sweet on Christmas morning? Personally, crepes are my favorite dish. They're also my specialty, and they can suit anyone's tastes, since you can put anything inside them.

Now the recipe:

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups milk
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
butter or oil to grease pan

Please note: If you're making this for a family of four or more, you might want to consider doubling or tripling the recipe. This one only makes about 12 crepes, and I've found that 12 is almost never enough!

Instructions:

Measure flour, sugar, baking powder, salt into a bowl. Stir in milk, eggs, and vanilla. Beat until smooth.

Grease a frying pan with butter or cooking oil. I use canola, personally. Using a ladle, pour about 1/4 cup of batter into pan. Tilt pan until batter covers the bottom (these will be thin -- you want them to be!). As the crepe cooks, make sure to jostle the pan a bit to make sure it doesn't stick to the bottom. It should slide easily. When lightly browned, flip the crepe with a spatula (I own an extra-huge spatula for this because my flipping talents are zilch). When other side is browned, remove from heat and put on a plate (repeat until batter is gone).

Now this is the fun part! Bring out the jellies, jams, peanut butter, nutella, honey, fresh fruit, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, maple syrup -- you name it. Fill crepe with spreads, fresh fruit, custard, or cream (or nothing at all, like my mother enjoys them), roll it up tightly and drizzle with syrup. For a festive touch, bring out the crushed candy cane to sprinkle on top!

These are a delightfully sinful breakfast food that the whole family will love. I'm salivating just thinking about it.

Happy holidays everyone!


Lindsay Below writes young adult and middle grade fiction. Her young adult science-fiction novel, Lurkers is due for release from MuseItUp on July 1st, 2011, followed shortly by her middle grade novel, Same Old Lie. Visit her online at www.lbelow.net.

6 comments:

Susanne Drazic said...

Oh, man. All these great recipes. I'm thinking I might make these for Christmas morning. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

L. K. Below said...

These are my absolute favorite, and easy to make too. I hope you and your family enjoy them :)

Rosalie Skinner said...

These have all been great ideas Lindsay. I am going to try the pinwheel cookies. What a great idea. As for using Candy Canes...every year I have a surplus of them. They always seem to turn up somewhere. No one will eat them, no matter what flavour they are. Now I can use them in recipes and not just throw them away in January.

L. K. Below said...

Glad to hear that you've found a use for them, Rosalie :) Happy holidays!

Janet Glaser said...

This sounds like a fun, easy breakfast...a good change from pancakes and waffles. What size skillet do you use? Mmmmm...my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Thank you!

L. K. Below said...

I use an 8-inch (diameter) skillet, for thin, tasty crepes. I've eaten crepes which are larger but I'm not able to flip them!

Happy holidays!