Polar Vortex Crepes

I don’t mind the polar vortex, really. I have my down coat, my shearling boots, and wool mittens. {I don’t love having to shovel the driveway in the sub zero temperatures, but that’s another issue entirely…} Today was actually a lovely, if frigid, blessing of a day. Evan and I slept in, and woke up to Howie’s tiny snores. We had a lazy morning, making coffee and reading, and when Shannon came home we made crepes.

Crepes seem fancy, but really are super easy. The batter comes together in a few seconds, and you get the hang of swirling the pan after one or two. I love a savory crepe, with ham, Gruyere and spinach, but I think it’s more common to serve them with a sweeter filling. We used bananas, strawberries and Nutella, and it was the perfect indulgence on this snow day.

banana nutella crepes

Crepes

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted

In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Add eggs, milk, water and vanilla, and whisk until smooth- there may be a few tiny lumps, but it should be mostly smooth. Whisk in the butter and set aside.

Heat a six inch (or so) nonstick skillet over medium heat. When its hot, brush with butter, and get ready to swirl. Using a 1/4 cup measure, pour batter on the bottom of the pan, and quickly rotate your wrist, swirling the pan to coat the bottom. Try for an even coat, but don’t worry- mine are never even. Also, remember that the first crepe is always a test crepe, so be prepared to eat that one.

I like to let my crepes brown a little bit on the bottom, which is also usually when the top is completely dry. Using a silicon spatula, loosen the edge and carefully flip your crepe. After about 45 seconds, carefully remove from the skillet and let cool on a plate. Keep working, one at a time, and stacking as they finish. Crepes can actually be made well ahead of time, and filled just before eating.

Today, we spread a stripe of nutella down the center of each crepe, and heaped on bananas and strawberries. After we rolled them up, we sprinkled with powdered sugar and took a photo for posterity’s sake. Enjoy!