Easy Crepes

During my summer study abroad, I will confess to eating more than my fair share of Nutella crepes. It’s a delightful dessert, breakfast, or farmer’s market snack. There, they would serve them piping hot and ready to eat without any utensils.

There are more complicated ways to make crepes, but you should probably go with the easiest.

Take 1 cup of pancake mix (I used this protein mix from Krusteaz because it was provided free to test out), 1 cup of milk of your choice, and 1 egg. Whisk it together until there are no clumps. If you are going to make sweet crepes, add a dash of vanilla extract. Pour approximately 3 tablespoons of batter into a warm greased non-stick pan with a flat bottom. Tilt and rotate the pan so the batter spreads out evenly.

Cook over medium heat. When the top begins to look dry, flip. Cook the other side until it begins to just turn golden brown.

Remove from the pan, spread with filling of your choice and either fold or roll up all that delicious goodness. Enjoy hot.

These also freeze pretty well – freeze flat with either a piece of foil or parchment between each crepe.

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Baked Potato Bennies

This recipe was borne of the idea that baked potatoes should somehow be breakfast foods. After all, they’re already in breakfasts everywhere as hash browns and country potatoes. 

Scrub one medium sized russet potato. Bring 6 cups of heavily salted water to a boil. Slice the potato into 1/4″ rounds. Drop these rounds into the salted water and boil approximately 15 minutes. Remove from the water and place into a lightly oiled cast iron pan. Spray a bit more olive oil over the potatoes and get it into a 425 degree oven. Cook 30-45 minutes. If this sounds familiar, it’s similar to the Crispy Rosemary Potatoes.

When about 10 minutes remain on your potatoes, poach as many eggs as you have potato rounds/as many bennies as you’d like. With about 3 minutes to go, melt 1/2 cup butter in a sauce pan over medium-low heat. In a small bowl, whisk two egg yolks and a tablespoon of lemon juice. When the butter has melted, take two small spoons full and add to the yolks. This is to temper it so you don’t scramble the yolks. Then, whisk the yolk and lemon juice mixture back into the butter. Continue to whisk over low heat until it begins to thicken. Turn off your burner and whisk in 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Yeah, cheddar hollandaise. We’re doing it. Remove from the burner completely so it doesn’t get too hot and separate.

Plate your potato slices, add eggs, top with hollandaise. Garnish with crumbles of bacon and chives if you want to get to full baked potato status.

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Clouds of Whipped Cream

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I know, there’s already a post with a recipe for whipped cream. But with the holidays approaching, you need peppermint whipped cream in your wheelhouse for holiday desserts, hot chocolate, and I won’t tell anyone if you add it to your coffee, too.

Chill a bowl in the freezer for about 20 minutes.

Using a mixer (chill the mixer paddles for extra credit), whip 1 cup heavy cream, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 teaspoon peppermint extract. Don’t use spearmint (which makes up the regular “mint extract”). If you’re struggling to find peppermint, check the cake decorating sections of your local grocery store or even craft stores. If you still can’t find it, you can buy entirely too much of it on Amazon.

 

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Dutch Oven Pancakes: Pannekoeken

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This recipe comes from my husband’s family, and was relayed to me recently using non-measuring terms. Graham held up his hands about an inch and a half apart and told me we used that much sugar. Don’t worry, I have actual measurements for you.

Whisk together 3 eggs, 1 tablespoon sugar, a pinch of kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup almond milk. When thoroughly combined, spread a light layer in the bottom of two greased cast iron skillets or 9×9 glass pans. Or find a plethora of tiny cast iron skillets or spring form pans. Swirl around so the dough climbs the walls of your pans a bit, which will encourage it to grow when you bake it.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

When removed from the oven, spread a generous amount of Greek yogurt over the surface of the pancake, then mix in brown sugar until the sugar has dissolved into the yogurt. This ends up being pretty sweet, so you likely won’t need syrup. Top with fresh fruits of your choice and dig in!

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Apricot Scones

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Scones are one of those things that feel intimidating and fancy, but really shouldn’t. They come together quite easily and are pretty versatile.

In a large bowl, combine 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour with 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon cardamom, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 cup cubed cold salted butter. Mix together with your hands until it looks like coarse crumbs. Fold in a heaping 1/2 cup diced dried apricots (I used half regular dried apricots, and half chocolate covered dried apricots we had in the pantry) and 3/4 semi-sweet chocolate chips.

In a separate bowl, whisk together one egg and 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream. Add to dry ingredients, stirring to combine. Knead lightly approximately 30 seconds, until everything comes together. If it feels too wet and you’re having a hard time pulling your hands out cleanly, add a tablespoon of flour at a time until it you can shape the dough without it sticking to you much. It should look a lot like cookie dough.

Pat the dough into a ball and transfer to a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet. Flatten into a 1″ disk. Use a butter knife to carefully cut the disk into eighths. Brush with additional heavy whipping cream, then sprinkle with sugar. Cook about 17 minutes at 425.

If you prefer savory scones, omit the cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla, apricots and chocolate. Instead, half the sugar (use 2 tablespoons instead of 1/4 cup), add 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 cup grated sharp cheddar and 1/4 cup fresh chives.

 

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Bruleed Grapefruit

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Cut the ends off a fresh grapefruit and then cut in half. You’ve cut the ends off so that when you wield a torch at it, it doesn’t wobble and you don’t light your house on fire. Hopefully. Place grapefruits fruit side down on paper towels for ten minutes.

For some extra flavor, sprinkle a bit of cinnamon or cardamom over the grapefruit before you add sugar. In a small bowl, combine 1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar and 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar. Sprinkle half of mixture on each grapefruit half. You want a relatively thick coating. Even it out with the back of a spoon or a fork.

Light your brulee torch. Keeping the torch 1-2 inches from the fruit, move it in small circles to keep dispersing the heat. Melt the sugar so it caramelizes.

Give it a minute to cool off, then serve!

You can also make this in your oven: turn your broiler on and give it a few minutes to get hot. Put your sugared grapefruit under the broiler and keep an eye on it. It should take about 8 minutes.

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