Thursday, June 4, 2009

Nutella & Caramel Banana Crepe

For my French Cocktail Hour party, I prepared the following recipe. I wanted to make sure crepes were on my menu and decided to serve them as a dessert. The crepe recipe i used is from Alton Brown. It's best to make the batter the night before you plan on using it so that the crepe doesn't break while it's cooking. This is probably the best crepe recipe I've ever tried and I like that it can be altered to either sweet or savory.

Crepe Batter Recipe
recipe from Alton Brown

2 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1 cup flour
3 tablespoons melted butter
Butter, for coating the pan

In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and pulse for 10 seconds. Place the crepe batter in the refrigerator for 1 hour. This allows the bubbles to subside so the crepes will be less likely to tear during cooking. The batter will keep for up to 48 hours.

Heat a small non-stick pan. Add butter to coat. Pour 1 ounce of batter into the center of the pan and swirl to spread evenly. Cook for 30 seconds and flip. Cook for another 10 seconds and remove to the cutting board. Lay them out flat so they can cool. Continue until all batter is gone. After they have cooled you can stack them and store in sealable plastic bags in the refrigerator for several days or in the freezer for up to two months. When using frozen crepes, thaw on a rack before gently peeling apart.

*Savory Variation Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs, spinach or sun-dried tomatoes to the egg mixture.

*Sweet Variation Add 21/2 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons of your favorite liqueur to the egg mixture.

Sae cooking up crepes while John cheers her on!
Nutella Banana Crepes

Prepared crepes above
Nutella spread
Sliced bananas
Powdered sugar for garnish

Prepare the crepes as directed above.
Spread the Nutella in a thin layer over once side of one crepe.
Place a few slices of fresh bananas on 1/4 of the crepe.
Fold the crepe into fourths to form a triangle.
Repeat for all the crepes you'd like to use and place on a serving platter or plate.
Dust all the crepes on your serving platter/plate with powdered sugar and serve.