|Such an old picture. We have always loved cooking together.|
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!
Crepes: makes about 12 crepes
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.
3 tablespoons butter
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!