Sunday, October 21, 2012

Caramel Apple Crepes

Today I made crepes. This was my first time and I was a little scared about it. I know when you hear the word crepes you think difficult but they were really easy. I think they turned out all right.  To make sweet crepes you will need:
  • 2 eggs, plus an extra yolk
  • 1  cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup water
Apple Filling:
  • 5 medium apples, peeled, cored & diced
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 jar (14 oz.) caramel sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • powdered sugar (optional)

To make the batter, add the 2 eggs, the yolk, flour, milk, melted butter, sugar, and vanilla to a blender. If you prefer, you can use a hand mixer and a bowl.

When the batter is smooth add the water. The batter will look a little runny but it's fine. If using the blender, pour the batter into to a bowl and put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes so that it can thicken.

While the batter is setting, core, peel, and dice the 5 medium apples. Put the diced apples in a nonstick pan with some butter so the apples caramelize (I actually used coconut oil instead of butter). Cook the apples until tender.

Add brown sugar and cinnamon then cook until sugar is melted and apples are coated. When there is about 2 minutes left for the batter to set, start making the caramel sauce.

In a small saucepan, warm the milk but do not let boil over. When the milk is warm, add the caramel sauce and stir until combined. Then keep on low until ready to use.

When the thirty minutes are up, take out the batter and a crepe pan. Put the pan on medium-high heat and let sit for a little while until hot. When the pan is hot add some butter or coconut oil to the pan and swirl it around. Use a ladle to pour about 1/4 cup of the batter on the side of the pan. Then move the pan around so that the whole bottom is covered. The first side of the crepe should take about 25 seconds to cook. You'll know when to turn when the edges start to brown slightly.

Then take a spatula, (I used an omelette spatula) and flip the crepe over. The other side should take 15-17 seconds. If the crepe is crumpled when it turns over lightly take your spatula and unravel it. Continue this with the rest of your batter. It should make about 8 crepes.

Use parchment paper to separate your crepes to prevent them from sticking together.

I made the crepes two ways. The first way is called the triangle. When the crepes are done, take one at a time, spread out your first one put a little bit of apple on one side.

Flip the side that does not have the apples over the side with the apple. Then take a spoon and pour caramel sauce over the crepe (Not too much because you are going to put more on).

Then take one of the corners and flip it on top of the opposite end. Top with walnuts and powdered sugar and serve immediately.

The second way to make the crepe is called the cigarette. You spread the apples evenly over the entire crepe.

Do the same with the caramel sauce and walnuts. Then roll the crepe until it looks like a long cylinder.

Pour some more caramel sauce over the top and add the powdered sugar.

 Serve immediately!  We had these for breakfast but this also makes a great dessert crepe served with ice cream.

                                                                             Enjoy :) 

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