Crepes can be a little intimidating. They are so perfectly thin, light, round, and delicate when you order them at a restaurant. In fact most people are slightly uncomfortable with cooking French food. However, if you follow a few easy tips, you can impress your friends and enjoy this delicious dish for breakfast or brunch. Don't tell, but they are not even French. They are actually Austro-Hungarian in origin.
These sweet crepes combine the tart sweetness of blueberry jam with the creamy, savoury flavor of whipped cream cheese. These really are very easy, but if you are in a time crunch, you can buy pre-made refrigerated crepes at the store. Just follow warming instructions on the package and proceed as indicated below.
Crepes (around 16)
- 2 cups flour
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup butter
- 4 T sugar
- 2 1/4 cups milk
- 1/4 t salt
For the assembly
- Prepared crepes
- Blueberry jam
- 16 oz whipped cream cheese
- Powdered sugar to taste
For the crepes
- Saute the butter in a frying pan until lightly browned then allow to cool slightly while assembling other ingredients
- Put all ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth with no lumps
- Put the blender in the fridge for an hour
- Heat a nonstick frying pan to medium heat
- Brush a little butter or oil on the pan
- Pour 1/4 cup batter into the middle of the pan
- Immediately pick up the pan and swirl it around to make a flat, thin circle with the batter
- After about a minute flip the crepe and cook for another 30 seconds on the other side
- Stack up the crepes with a piece of parchment paper between to keep them from sticking
- Keep warm in a 200 degree oven, covered with foil, until ready for assembly
For the blueberry jam
- Place water and sugar in a saucepan
- Heat and stir until sugar is completely dissolved and water starts to boil
- Place blueberries and remaining ingredients in the saucepan
- Bring back to a boil
- Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until desired consistency is reached
- Spread a heaping tablespoon of whipped cream cheese in a line down the centre of the crepe
- Add a tablespoon of blueberry jam in a line right beside the cream cheese
- Roll up the crepe, jelly roll style
- For plating the crepes, place two or three crepes on a plate, as desired, and drizzle with blueberry jam and then sprinkle with sifted powdered sugar
- If you prefer, you can use mascarpone cheese instead of whipped cream cheese.
- For a faster version of the blueberry jam, simply heat 1 cup of Wild Coast Fruits dried blueberries with 1.5 cups boysenberry or blackberry jam.
- For a slightly fancier version of powdered sugar, cut a vanilla bean in half, and leave it in a sealed container with the powdered sugar for at least 24 hours. Sift the powdered sugar, and remove the vanilla bean. This will keep in a sealed container indefinitely and will give your powdered sugar a little extra flavor and aroma.
Crepes are a wonderful dish to impress your breakfast or brunch guests, and they never need to know how easy it was to prepare such a delicious and visually stunning meal. It is so easy, you will find yourself preparing it just for you or at least enjoying leftovers for a healthy midnight snack. You can even add a little whip cream.
For more ideas on how to best enjoy your Wild Coast Fruits dried blueberries and cranberries, please check us out.