Saturday, July 13, 2013

Breakfast with the Johnson's

Such an old picture. We have always loved cooking together.
 As most of you know, Tyler & I love to eat. If you didn't know that, then well.. take one look at our Instagram's and you'll be in for a real shocker. But seriously, as much as we eat, we love to cook and cook together, at that. We are always scrounging up ingredients in the house to make something to satisfy our hunger pains or food desires.

So, while we love food, we love breakfast foods especially, though it's hard for either of us to get up and actually eat breakfast during "breakfast hours", we usually just make it for lunch or dinner. Maybe even dessert. It still counts right? ... Okay good. One our favorite things to make, aside from the classic egg over easy on toast with turkey bacon, is crepes!
The thing I love about crepes is that you can do pretty much anything with them and with all the berries in season right now, it makes for my favorite crepe which is raspberry & pastry cream. YUM! I could eat these all day. Tyler isn't a huge fan of raspberries, however he did have a few bites of mine and liked it. Tyler's favorite crepe is strawberries & pastry cream. And of course, Nutella & banana crepes are always a hit.

Another one of our favorites is puffed pancakes! We heard about these not too long ago from one of my favorite bloggers, LoveTaza. Since then, we have made them quite a few times and like crepes, they are pretty versatile, but we usually just stick to putting fresh fruit & syrup on them. (that sounds kinda funky doesn't it?, it's good. trust me.) Since I have been getting a couple requests for our recipes that we post, I figured I would kill a few birds with one stone by posting the recipe on here for everyone to enjoy. Here you are. Enjoy!

Crepes: makes about 12 crepes
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1 cup flour
3 tablespoons melted butter
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Combine all ingredients in blender and pulse for 10 seconds. Allow crepe batter to sit aside in fridge for about an hour, this allows for the bubbles to subside so that there isn't any tearing when you're cooking the crepe. If you're impatient, go for it. I've done it and haven't had any problems. (don't blame me if they don't turn out... you were warned)

Pastry Cream: makes about 3 cups (this will be enough)
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla

Crack eggs into a container and lightly beat, place these on the side. In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine milk sugar and cornstarch. Let the milk start to bubble but be careful because it is really easy for the cornstarch to clump on the bottom of the pan. Once the bubbles form, take off the heat. Before you add the eggs, you need to add about a 1/3 of a cup to the eggs to temper the eggs before the eggs can go into the milk mixture. If you don't do this, you will end up with egg whites in your cream. Once you have mixed the mixture into the eggs, add that to the milk base and continue to stir. Once stirred in completely, put the cream back onto the burner and let cook for about 2 more minutes; don't let it boil. Take off the heat and add vanilla.

*If you get egg whites into your pastry cream, strain mixture and it should take care of the little whites and it'll solve the problem for the most part.

Puffed Pancakes:
3 tablespoons butter
3 eggs
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup milk *heated for 20 seconds in microwave
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
pinch of salt

 Preheat oven to 400 degrees. White you're doing this, put your 3 tablespoons of butter into a large saute pan (I use a clear pie pan). Meanwhile, combine ingredients into a blender and pulse for 10 seconds to insure that is combined well. If you mix by hand, make sure everything is combined and not clumpy. Take out your pan from the oven. Swirl butter to make sure it's coated completely and pour batter into the pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until it is golden brown around the edges. You can add fresh berries (or any fruit you desire), whipped cream, syrup, powdered sugar, or anything your heart desires on top! Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. I just love your recipe for all three items will try this week for my company,love that you and Tyler like cooking together,you explained everything just perfect,love the fresh fruit and all the berries in season also,your a champ and you learned well from your mom :)
    Love you kids ,Nanny!!!!!!