Monday, January 7, 2013

whole wheat brown butter crepes


This week is exam week at school, and things are starting to get crazy!  My desk is covered in flashcards, textbooks and binders.  I've been wearing yoga pants for so long that they may or may not be part of my skin.  My hair coils into my signature "messy ballerina" bun... without an elastic.  I hope you all who have been through exams can sympathize.

my desk at the moment
On Sunday morning, I decided to take a deep breath and have a nice, leisurely breakfast with my family.  Sometimes, I find I just really need a good break (not one of those "spontaneous" hours spent on Pinterest when I should be researching the Hundred Years War...).  
the infamous bun
I needed something quick (I didn't have all day to wait for dough to rise or the oven to preheat), and I wanted something luxurious (scrambled eggs 'n ketchup wasn't gonna cut it).  Crepes were the solution.  I have been experimenting a lot with brown butter recently, and can't get enough of that rich, nutty flavor!  These crepes have no added sugar, but are full of nutty flavors from that brown butter and some whole wheat flour.  Oh, and the batter whizzes together in the blender in seconds.


My favorite way to eat crepes is with a big dollop of Greek yogurt, some strawberry jam, and some fresh berries.  I could roll up and eat hundreds of these.
What do you like in your crepes?
With love,
Erica

Ingredients
2 Tablespoons Butter
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1 cup milk

Put the butter in a medium frying pan and cook the butter until the foam has subsided and there are little brown bits floating. Put all of the ingredients including the melted butter into a blender and blend for 30 seconds. You can make the crepes now, or pop the batter in the fridge and make them another time. When you're ready to make them, use a tiny bit of butter to grease the frying pan and wait until the pan is starting to smoke, then turn the heat down a little bit. Pour a small amount of batter into the pan and swirl to spread the batter evenly. Flip when browned and then when ready, take out of the pan.  Serve with sweet or savory toppings (recipe ideas to come!)
Adapted from Poires au Chocolat

21 comments:

  1. Brown butter is the bomb diggity! These crepes look like perfection.

    I love your messy bun! My buns never look that cute!

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    1. Totally! You would know, since you make that crazy good brown butter mac and cheese! Thank ya, maybe I should always wear my hair like this ;)

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  2. Our classic is crepes with "Dulce de leche" :D Classic, classic in Argentina

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    1. Oh my goodness yum! I love dulce de leche, last time I used it was in my churro cupcakes (recipe under "cupcakes" if you are interested!). I should really try some in my crepes too! Delicious!

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  3. I hit a cooking funk this week, but these look delicious! And maybe you should do a gif/video tutorial for your hair, it looks lovely. I'd love to learn how to put it up that way!

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    1. Really? Maybe I will! A guilty pleasure of mine has always been watching makeup and hair tutorials on youtube -- so maybe I'll do one of my own ;). There's not really a technique, just a few twists and 10 years of ballet experience. Haha

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  4. Lets not judge here, but im fond of syrup..
    So you do your finals after break? ach, I took mine before thank goodness! you'll survive!

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    1. Yum! I don't judge -- syrup is awesome! I wish my school had them before break. Since they're after break, I spent half of my break studying. Some "break" :P.

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  5. Those crepes look pretty yummy! :)

    Good luck with the exams. I work at a community college, and I know how freaked out my student workers get at exam time!

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    1. Thank you! Ahhh maybe you should whip up some crepes for your students during exam time ;) That'll do the trick!

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  6. Oh! I really sympathize with you, my desk looks like yours and... my hair.. I don't want to talk about that, haha.
    These creps look soooo tasty and tender. And so easy, I think this a enormous tentation I don't know if want to avoid...

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    1. Haha I'm glad you can sympathize! I hate when my desk is in disarray! Make yourself some crepes! I promise you'll feel better :)

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  7. Your comments on exams made me laugh, they're so true! And these crepes look so fabulous, brown butter has always been somewhat fascinating to me and this sounds like a great combination :)

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    1. Right? Thank god I have two down, just three more to go! Have you ever made anything with brown butter?

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    2. Umm... I think I made a banana bread ages ago, but it's certainly time to get back to it! I think I'll make that granola in the post above, it looks fab :) And good luck with your exams!

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    1. I'm glad! Writing for you guys makes ME so happy! (much happier than studying the binomial theorem!)

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  9. Wow these look good. You're so good at capturing the steam off of your fresh food. I want to spend my next winter with you :)

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    1. Thanks! I love how the steam shows up so well against my black counter!

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  10. I love crepes, how can you go wrong with brown butter? Yum! Great picture! Thanks for sharing, Stacey

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    1. You can NEVER go wrong with brown butter! Or coconut oil for that matter.

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