There is a farmers market that we visit on most Saturday mornings. They have great fresh fruit and vegetables, but we really go for the crepes stand that makes the best crepes in the world according to my pregnant wife, and she is always right.
So as she has been craving crepes all the other days of the week I set out to make some and they are so simple to make and so yummy to eat.
Seriously, these are so simple. You just throw some milk, flour, eggs, sugar, salt, melted butter and vanilla in a blender and blend. Simple.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 Cup flour
- 2 Cups Milk
- 3 Eggs
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 Teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons melted butter
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
and seriously you just throw it all in in the blender and blend it for a minute or so until its smooth.
I’m not going to give you the step by step, but here’s a good order to throw it all in.
Add eggs first, then milk, then all the dry ingredients. blend it up, then add the melted butter and blend it up a little more.
Throw the whole blender in the fridge for 15 minutes to an hour. It can stay in the fridge for a couple days if you want to only make a few crepes at a time. I’ve been making crepes for days and its awesome.
Now I don’t have a fancy crepe pan so any large skillet will do, but it will take some practice.
Heat the pan up on low to medium heat and swirl around a pat of butter to coat it well. Pour in a bit of the crepe batter. This will also take some practice to get the right amount. You don’t want to fill the pan completely. When the top is dry you will take a spatula and flip it over. Again this part takes a little practice but after one or two of them you’ll get the hang of it and make awesome crepes. Let it cook for a few seconds on the other side, and now its time to add your toppings.
The great thing about crepes is you can make them for dinner or dessert or both. Our favorite crepe from the crepe stand at the farmers market is the lemon squeeze which contains brown sugar, vanilla custard and fresh lemon juice.
So simple and so good. We also love the strawberry ones as well. Actually we love all of them.
Since I was setting out to replicate the recipes from our local crepe stand I needed some vanilla custard. Turns out that is super simple to make as well and it uses most of the same ingredients of the crepes.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 Cups Milk
- 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/3 Cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla
In a bowl pour the milk
add the cornstarch
and the sugar
whisk it all up
in a separate bowl, whisk up the eggs
Pour the mixture into a pan on medium heat and stir constantly
Stir until you get little bubbles forming around the edge then take the pan off the heat and set onto a cool part of the stove.
Add a couple of spoonfuls of the warm mixture to the eggs and stir the eggs while you are doing this.
Then add the eggs back into the pan with the rest of the mixture and stir stir stir
Return it back to the heat and add in your vanilla and stir for another minute or two until it thickens up
and you are done. Seriously, this is so simple.
Now add some of the custard to a zip lock bag and cut off a tiny corner of the bag to pour it out like frosting.
a little brown sugar, a little custard and your favorite fruit and you are in heaven
I particularly loved the blackberry one
Top it off with some whip cream and revel in both the awesome flavors and in how awesome you are for making these awesome crepes.
If you are looking for something fun to make for your 4th of July, these will be a guaranteed hit. Grab some of your favorite fresh fruit and you can’t go wrong.
Enjoy your 4th, stay safe, and while you are celebrating your freedom, remember to smile and cherish the simple things in your life that make it great.