Crepes and Valentimes

Dragons on Valentine's Day

In the words of the Teen Girl Squad from Homestar Runner, “Valentimes is serious times!” (If you are not a complete nerd or if you hate random internet videos, please disregard.) And indeed, it can be. But I think most romantic gestures are best made by creating a memory or sharing an experience, and thus taking off some of the pressure to come up with amazing gifts. J and I can’t even manage to celebrate Valentine’s on the right day, we both had a day off and decided that today was the day to exchange cards and have brunch. And, oh, what a nice brunch!

Stack of crepes

I love crepes but haven’t made them for myself before this year. I tried The Joy of Cooking recipe but it was too greasy with a half a stick of butter. Then I tried Mark Bittman, but the batter was too think and didn’t come out of the pan easily. I finally just played with it and have come up with a good recipe for me and my kitchen equipment. If you have a special crepe pan and spatual, then by all means, use your special crepe recipe. Crepes are awesome because the possibilities for filling them are endless, and they’re relatively small so you can try three or four.  We usually try lemon curd, jam, honey, powdered sugar, nutella, bananas, strawberries, cinnamon, and peanut butter before it’s all done!

Peanut butter on crepes

To make my crepes, melt 2 tbls butter and cool to room temp, beat three eggs in a separate bowl, mix 1 cup of flour, pinch of salt, and 1 tbls sugar in a mixing bowl. Combine eggs, butter, and 1.5 cups whole milk with the dry ingredients and blend with a hand mixer until smooth. If time allows, let sit in the fridge for a few hours. Heat an 8 inch non-stick skillet on medium heat and pour an 1/8 a cup of stirred-up batter into the pan. Lift the pan off the stove and swirl batter until it cover the bottom and stops swirling easily. Put pan back on burner and turn crepe when top is dry. You will need to loosen the edges with a spatula before turning. You will mess up your first one or two crepes, but you will get the hang of it.

Peanut butter, bananas, cinammon, and powdered sugar

Bittman's diagram on filling and folding crepes

I like to have crepes with mimosas and maybe bacon or sausage (might as well get all your fat consumption into one meal, right?) lemon curd is heavenly if you like something tart, and bananas with nutella are divine. Make this for your favorite person– lover, friend, roommate– soon, and Happy Valentine’s day.

Mimosas do not require expensive champagne, people

 

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