Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Strawberry Marscapone Crepes
Sometimes a little indulgence deserved, personally- I think that birthdays are a perfect excuse to fully indulge in all things bad for you. Since we were half celebrating John's birthday the other evening at Katie's dinner party, I decided to make one of his favorites for dessert- Crepes. Whenever we head up to Portland, Maine for a little get away, we always make a stop at The Merry Table Creperie, right in the heart of the Old Port section. It is absolutely incredible, and John adores having a little crepe for breakfast. To pay homage to our visits, I thought that it would be the perfect ending to a delicious meal.
As I have never made crepes before, I decided to use a recipe from good ol' Paula Deen, but to make my own filling. Strawberries are still so gorgeous right now, and I know that John enjoys them as far as berries go, so I picked up a package of the pretty things and sliced and hulled them all. Then I added about two tablespoons of granulated sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla and just a little sprinkle of nutmeg to the container with the strawberries. I let these macerate for a few hours in the fridge.
Later, once the sugar had completely dissolved into a sweet syrup, I removed half to 3/4 of the strawberries and combined them with a cup to a cup and a half of Marscapone cheese to make a creamy and decadent filling. As I was transporting this all to Katie's, I transferring this mix into a Tupperware container and placed it back into the fridge. Then, I transferred the remaining strawberries into another hard plastic container and pureed them with my immersion blender. When they were fully pureed into a liquid state, I strained it through a small strainer to remove any of the seeds or leftover pulp. I reserved this pulp for another use, and then transferred the juice into a small container to bring with us.
Later when we were at Katie's, it was time to put the whole thing together. We started by heating a large skillet with a little vegetable oil- and then adding a ladle full of the crepe batter into the pan. Turned out- we'd added too much oil, and the first one needed to be thrown away. However the second one- a quick cook on each side- maybe a minute or two and the bottom looked like brown lace. After each was done cooking- they were assembled with a little spread of Nutella (Katie suggested it and who am I to turn down Nutella!) a dollop of the strawberries, and a sprinkle of slivered almonds. I wrapped each one, and then drizzled a stream of the strawberry puree over the top. Viola- dessert!
These little devils...they were FANTASTIC! Rich and decadent with the slightly tangy Marscapone, showcasing the beauty of the summer with the fresh strawberries, and then the strawberry puree lightened it all with its pure cleanness. The chocolaty goodness of the Nutella combined right in there for a great affect like chocolate covered strawberries, and the almonds inside provided a lovely texture jump and base of flavor. The crepes themselves were also delicious-light and airy.
I must say- I am now completely obsessed. I want to make more and more crepes. These really were absolutely delicious, and now my brain is in over drive- savory crepes! Sweet Crepes! Batter enhancements!
This could get dangerous....
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