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Get Creative with Crepes!

With the kids on summer break and extra time in the morning, get them in the
kitchen working and having fun right alongside you. It’s the perfect time to spend
mornings in the kitchen learning new recipes like crepes. Crepes are very thin
pancakes rolled up and stuffed with fresh fruit fillings. Kids will like the sound of
that when you tell them they are making a new version of their favorite pancake
recipe. Crepes originated in France and are most often served for breakfast, and
they are so versatile because they can also be served as hors d’oeuvres filled with
cheese, for dinner overflowing with chicken, vegetables, or seafood or even as a
fancy desert spread with flavored butter cream and a drizzle of sweet syrup.

You and the kids will love this recipe for crepes because they are so fun and easy
to make, and when the crepes are rolled and served, they’ll look like you’ve spent
hours preparing them. You just simply measure all the ingredients into a mixing
bowl, whisk together, and then cook. All that’s needed in the cooking process is
good hand-eye coordination, because you’ll be twirling the frying pan and
pouring in the crepe batter at the same time. And no need to run out and buy a
special crepe pan to make crepes, a medium sized frying pan works great.

Don’t be surprised when you’re first learning to make crepes if your kids say,
“mine isn’t a circle shape mommy” or “mine has a tear.” Crepes do cook quickly
in the pan, so the shapes can vary at first, and they are very tender and can tear
easily while learning to remove them from the pan. Share with the kids that there
are no mistakes in this recipe. Simply roll them up and no one will ever know the
difference.

And when the crepes are golden brown it’s time for the fun part, to roll-up with a
tasty filling. The creative and colorful part of this recipe is all the possibilities of
delicious, fresh fruit that kids will find irresistible. Prepare all the fruit first and
have it washed, sliced, and ready to go. Try fresh blueberries, raspberries,
strawberries, blackberries, bananas, peaches, or any combination your kids love.
This is even the perfect opportunity to introduce a new fruit to kids, and ensure
they are getting those necessary fruit servings into their daily diet. And if your
family is in a hurry to eat, you can even stack the crepes with fillings in between
each one and cut it like a pie.

Get creative with the family and have fun making French crepes just like a chef in
a fancy restaurant. We can’t wait to hear what your favorite crepe combination
is!

Looking for a place to start? Try out the recipe below:

1 ½ cups flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups low-fat milk
2 eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons melted butter
Optional: low-fat ricotta cheese

For a savory filling try: scrambled eggs and ham, or blanched broccoli and grated
cheese.

For those irresistible fresh fruit fillings you love try: fresh peaches, raspberries,
strawberries or blueberries.

Directions:
1. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, milk and vanilla into a large mixing
bowl.
2. Crack the eggs into a small mixing bowl and give them a quick stir, just
breaking up the yolks.
3. Pour into the large bowl with the rest of the ingredients and using a whisk,
whip the batter until smooth.
4. Heat a medium size frying pan, add 1 teaspoon of margarine and heat
until bubbly.
5. Add about 1/3 cup crepe batter, and turn the pan so the batter covers
the entire bottom of the pan.
6. Cook 30 seconds until lightly browned and using a spatula flip to cook
the other side.
7. You can roll, stack, or fold the crepes with fresh fruit. Yum!

 

Learn about more great crepe fillings on the Hey Kids Let’s Cook Facebook Page.

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Happy Holidays!

Wishing you the best this holiday season.  Have the most magical time with your family and favorite people.  Celebrate everything that is special to you and create those special memories.  Don’t forget to take pictures.  We’ll be looking forward to hearing your stories of festive fun and food in the kitchen after the New Year!

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