My Favourite Crêpes
The word crêpe is a French word derived from the latin word, crispa, meaning ‘curled.’ Crêpes are widely eaten in France, Belgium, Quebec and many parts of Europe as well as North Africa and Japan. They can be served for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, depending on the filling. Savoury crepes with ham, sausage, and cheese can be served for dinner and sweet crepes with Strawberries and Cream can be served for breakfast. You can fill them with virtually anything you dream of, that suits your palate.
The basic ingredients are eggs, milk, butter and all-purpose flour. For savoury crêpes, the all-purpose flour can be substituted with buckwheat flour, which is gluten free.
In South India, crêpes made of fermented rice batter and black lentils, and are called dosa. Dosa is commonly eaten as a breakfast or dinner dish. It’s served hot, either folded in half or rolled like a wrap with some chutney and sambar. The crepes I made today can be served for breakfast or as a dessert. I wish all my friends in the US a “Happy Thanksgiving” Kindly mail me a turkey leg or some left over pies. I wish you a fabulous weekend.
Please assemble all ingredients before you start. For the crepes: sift the flour and make a well in the centre.
In another bowl, combine the egg, egg yolk, buttermilk, and butter
Gradually whisk into the flour, the combined egg-buttermilk mixture until the batter is smooth. Do not over mix; otherwise the crepes will be tough and leathery.
Cover and set aside for 30 minutes. Meanwhile soak the currants in port or sherry and set aside.
Heat a small crêpe pan over medium heat. Brush lightly with oil, pour ¼ cup of batter into the pan, swirling quickly and thinly to cover the base. Cook for 30 seconds,
then flip the crêpe and cook the other side until lightly browned.
Set aside, covered, while cooking the remaining batter.
Assemble the crepes: arrange bananas over a quarter of each crêpe, top with the soaked currants and drizzle with a little sauce. Fold the crêpes into quarters, then arrange in fours on plates. Pop into the microwave for about 30 seconds then drizzle with more sauce and scatter with hazelnuts. Serve.
They were boozy and delicious. I added a long drizzle of honey….
Crêpes with Banana Currant & Butterscotch Sauce
Preparation time: 30 minutes + 30 minutes standing time. Cooking time: 45 minutes; Makes: 16 crepes
- 125g (1 cup, 4.5oz) all-purpose flour
- 1 egg + I egg yolk
- 375ml (1½ cups) buttermilk
- 30g (2 tablespoons) butter, melted
- 75g (½ cup; 2.6oz) currants, (Zante currants)
- 1 tablespoon port or sherry
- 4 ripe bananas, thinly sliced just before use
- Good quality butterscotch sauce
- 70g (½ cup) hazelnuts, toasted
- For the crêpes: sift the flour and make a well in the centre. In another bowl, combine the egg, egg yolk, buttermilk, and butter and whisk until combined.
- Gradually whisk into the flour, the combined egg-buttermilk mixture until the batter is smooth. Do not over mix; otherwise the crêpes will be tough and leathery. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile soak the currants in port or sherry and set aside.
- Heat a small crepe pan over medium heat. Brush lightly with oil, pour ¼ cup of batter into the pan, swirling quickly and thinly to cover the base. Cook for 30 seconds, then flip the crepes and cook the other side until lightly browned. Set aside, covered, while cooking the remaining batter.
- Assemble the crêpes: arrange bananas over a quarter of each crepe, top with the soaked currants and drizzle with a little sauce. Fold the crêpes into quarters, then arrange in fours on plates. Pop into the microwave for about 30 seconds then drizzle with more sauce and scatter with hazelnuts. Serve.
I am drooling at your photos!
It’s like all of my favorite things combined into one!
Oh la la!
You can have a bite, Hari. They taste really special! have a lovely week!
Love, Love, Love Crepes and yours sound wonderful, can’t wait to try with butterscotch sauce.-Kat
me too. I love them so much too. Happy New Year and enjoy 2015!
How about I trade you a turkey leg for one of your crepes? 🙂 I’ve now had 2 Thanksgiving dinners and have had my fill of turkey. But no one served crepes and these look absolutely delicious and just what I need right now! Maybe one day someone will invent a way for us to zap food to each other around the world so we can all try what everyone is making…
Okay can I have 4 turkey legs for 2 crepes? how is the new year? I hope you are having a whale of a time despite missing the Basket ball game. Wish you the best of 2015
OH MY GOD! What a filling. I love that you soaked the currants, and that you used them at all! I’m about to use some in a yeasted bread, only because I actually found some at a store. Fabulous crepes!!!
Thank you so much, Chef Mimi. I wish you a happy and prosperous new year! The crepes were awesome!
Banana and butterscotch what a fabulous combination. I will be giving this recipe a try.
Hey Lain, long time no see. I hope you’re fine!
Hello Liz, I’m fine thanks. Very busy year almost over and then I plan to get back to blogging. Enjoyed following your blog over the last year.
Thank you, Lain. I enjoyed the awesome photos you have on your blog! I wish you a merry x-mas and the best of then new year. Times are busy for me too right now. Have a lovely weekend!
“Boozy and delicious” – the perfect description to make me salivate. Have a wonderful weekend.
Thank you, Lignum. Have a wonderful x-mas. Just noticed you’ve officially closed shop. Best wishes!
Oh, wow. I just finished a massive thanksgiving meal (we celebrated a day late) and read your post, and I am literally drooling at the thought if these. Yummy!!
Oh thanksgiving was delicious. I had a huge leg of turkey, and lots of food. How is the new year! I hope everything is great for you. Happy New Year!!!!
Hi Liz 😀 A mega-scrumptious delight for the eyes and taste buds. Oh well, back to my supper of dried bread and cheese 😉 xox ❤
Dried bread and cheese Ralph, unbelievable because you have that pretty lady cooking your dinners and lunches. My warm wishes to her!!! Have a great weekend!
Liz, These look incredible! You are such an amazing cook. You make all the things that I only aspire to. Thank you for the Thanksgiving wishes, and I hope you enjoyed yours as well a few weeks ago.
I have just been admiring all the nice food you cooked last year. I shall be knocking your door several times this year…Have a lovely 2015
Liz, these look amazing! Perfect for the holidays, although I cannot eat the bananas… 😦
You don’t eat bananas? any fruit will do. Happy New Year, Debbie!!!!
I think it may be the only fruit i am allergic to. Happy New Year!
Thank you, Debbie. I hope you’re having a great weekend!!!!
Thanks, Liz. Hope you are too!
looks very delicious!
Thank you and Happy New Year!
OMG, Liz, I can’t wait to try his one out; I ❤ pancakes!! 🙂
Have a wonderful weekend, Dina
Me too, Dina. Have a fantastic week!
Oh wow Liz, what a treat!!
Thanks, Dana. Enjoy the week!
You know, I have serious love-hate relationship with your blog! I keep getting drool on the keyboard …
That is a really good sign for me…drooling means the food looks nice and tastes delicious. Enjoy your week.
When I would make these (years ago), a giant teenaged boy would eat them as fast as I could make them even using four 8-inch pans at once. Eventually, he filled up. Then I could make some for dinner. Filled them with a delicious crab filling and drizzled with a Swiss cheese sauce that had capers and white wine in it. Haven’t made them for decades.
I think next time I’ll try to make some with sea food filling and some nice gooey cheese. You’ve wet my appetite and now I’m already planning for some over the weekend. How goes life for you? Happy Thanksgiving. Have you finished eating turkey? We had Thanksgiving several weeks ago. Now I only have a picture of the turkey on a roasting pan. Have a lovely evening and a wonderful weekend.
We don’t do holidays, so dinner tonight is just ordinary – skirt steak, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, broccoli. I’m using my thermal cooker for the potatoes and broccoli. Squash is from the other night. Will start to cook the steak in about half an hour or so. We eat all our meals late.
Oh well I had an ordinary dinner too, tonight. Nothing special but it was nice and filling, I ate some roasted chicken drumsticks with some sautéed kale and steamed rice. Enjoy your steak and butternut squash. Have a goodnight!
Oh my, scrumptious and my mouth is watering. Please say you will come cook for me! I love the combination of things and the butterscotch sauce. Heaven! I’m now going into second week of a very nasty virus, almost bed ridden, bronchitis type thing and now on antibiotics. I hate being sick! And what’s worse, my throat is extremely sore so swallowing is very painful. Haven’t eaten for two days since the throat thing started. As my cousin would say…..sucks to be me! So I’ll just keep gazing at these luscious looking crepes in anticipation for when I can make and enjoy them! Hope you are well Liz, and everyone in your family.
Oh Sandy I am so sorry to hear you’re sick and have a nasty sore throat. I hate sore throats. They make one feel terrible 24 hours a day. Even swallowing saliva is a problem. I should go for the “flu shot” I’ve been procrastinating everyday. I hope you’re going to feel better soon. I shall keep my fingers tightly crossed for you and say a little prayer as well. Please keep warm and take care and try to have a lovely weekend. Thanks so much for leaving a note despite feeling lousy. My best wishes to your family.
Virtual Hugs to you!!!