Wow your family by creating some delicate and tasty crepes for breakfast. Crepes are generally described as thin, flexible pancakes, but that doesn't really do them justice. They're generally used as a wrapper for other ingredients, in much the same way as a tortilla or a sheet of pasta. Not only can they be used as a dessert or an entree, they are infinitely versatile as a breakfast food.
Making Your Crepes
Crepes are made by swirling a thin batter in a small, lightly buttered nonstick pan. They are generally only browned on the first side, but will cook all the way through because they're so thin. Once you've got the knack, it takes surprisingly little time to make enough crepes for several meals or desserts. Make them ahead on purpose, or just freeze your leftovers with parchment or wax paper to separate them. Thaw your crepes any time for a quick meal, or cheat and buy some from your local supermarket's frozen section.
Simple Breakfast Crepes
Crepes can be served flat like a pancake, rolled around a filling, folded into a half moon or folded a second time into wedges. The simplest preparation is to serve a stack of crepes like pancakes, with butter and syrup. Another easy option kids love is to spread the crepes with their favorite jam or jelly, and either roll them or fold them up. You could also use peanut butter, Nutella or honey in the same way. Combine any of those fillings with a spoonful of vanilla yogurt for extra nutrition, or a spoonful of whipped topping to make it a treat.
Elegant Breakfast Crepes
For special occasions, crepes can make a very elegant breakfast. Try stuffing them with lightly sweetened cottage cheese, quark, ricotta or mascarpone, and serving them with a topping of fresh fruit. The filled crepes can also be baked in a casserole dish and served with preserves or fruit in syrup. Another option is to fill the crepes with a mixture of the cheese and fruit, or fruit and whipped cream. Lemon curd is a light and refreshing filling for breakfast crepes, which can be combined with whipped cream and fresh strawberries or raspberries.
Savory Breakfast Crepes
If you mix your crepe batter without sugar and vanilla, either sweet or savory fillings are an option. Make savory breakfast crepes by rolling them around scrambled eggs with bacon, ham or shredded cheddar, for example. For a hearty breakfast or brunch, roll crepes around a filling of corned beef hash and top them with a fried egg. Alternatively, make a savory breakfast torte by alternating crepes with layers of scrambled egg, loose sausage, sauteed spinach, cottage cheese or shredded cheese, and ranch dressing. Heat the torte, then slice it into wedges for serving.
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