Basic Crepes

I was going to post a quick recipe and say that I am a new fan of crepes..and stumbled on to a really interesting story!  The author of one of my fave little cook books, Dorian Leigh Parker, was the first real super model and the party girl that Holly Golightly is based on.  Funny!

You can see from the photo she was stunning.  In addition, she was a Cordon Bleu trained chef…and her (2) cookbooks were very well reviewed.  I was just going to post a link of the isbn and got all that information in three clicks.  She had a famous little sister too.  Intriguing family!

It looks like the book is available used, but it is out of print.  I highly recommend you pick up your own copy if you love crepes, flapjacks and pancakes!  I have been making the Sour Cream Pancakes for years…(the book just opens up to that page)…but with Kiely’s request for crepes the other day…we dove in to the other chapters.

I am please to report, that I have been making crepes for three days now!!  The first batch was devoured on Sunday.  A second batch was put in the fridge for Monday breakfast…and the remnants were finished up today with equally fantastic results!!  As a matter of fact, the boy brought home a 5# apple pie from his field trip to Riley’s Farm yesterday…and we robbed some of the pie filling for our crepes this morning…5 minute school day crepes.  Love.

Basic Crepes Recipe-
She states this recipe is from an old cookbook called La Cuisine Messine, meaning the cooking of Metz, a city of Alsace-Lorraine, France.

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons AP flour
6 large eggs
1 1/3 cups milk
3 tablespoons cognac or rum
6 tablespoons melted butter

Sift flour in a large bowl. Whisk in the eggs 2 at a time. Then the milk 1/3 at a time. Strain (whatever!-I didn’t do this). Whisk in the rum and let the batter rest in the fridge for an hour.

When ready to make the crepes, whisk in 1/2 of the butter. Heat pan over moderate heat until a water drop sizzles. Brush lightly with butter (or drop some on and swirl around with the spoon). I use a large ladle and pour one full measure on the pan….if you add batter it doesn’t stay nice and round. Cook about 1 minute until set and you can easily flip. Let brown for a couple of seconds and then remove to plate…it’s so fast and SO yummy!! Crowd pleaser.

We used a strawberry compote, heated berries in butter and orange liqueur. Or peanut butter, banana and honey. The finally today, day 3 of pre-made batter, we filled with warmed up apple pie filling. Kiely always has two or three!!


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