This week's Sweet Melissa Sundays was chosen by Jaime of Good Eats and Sweet Treats: Mom's French Pancakes. When I opened the book and flipped to the page for this recipe I quickly learned that these were actually crepes but had been dubbed "French pancakes" by Melissa's great grandmother. Of all the things I've cooked and baked on this blog, crepes have somehow been passed over. Not only have I never made them, but best I can recall, I've never even tried them!
I wish I'd made time to make the recipe a few times, but I didn't get around to trying it out until this afternoon so I'll have to come back to it another day. The crepes are such a great blank canvas for so many different flavor combinations and I'd loved to have tried more than one. This afternoon the crepes became a snack for me and since I was short on time I simply sprinkled them with confectioners' sugar and drizzled them with chocolate sauce. I quartered the recipe and wound up with three 12" crepes. The only downside to making such a small batch was that I didn't have many opportunities to perfect the technique of swirling the batter around the pan to make the perfect crepe. By my third crepe I got the hang of it, but the first two were a bit ragged :) As Melissa promised, it wasn't hard, just takes some practice. Otherwise, this recipe couldn't be easier - all of the ingredients are combined in the blender and then the batter can even sit in the fridge overnight so you can have fresh crepes for breakfast the next morning.
I'm still trying to decide how much I like crepes. Having absolutely no basis for comparison I feel like I need to make them a few more times before I can decide conclusively. They were good, but I think the batter in this recipe would benefit from the addition of some vanilla or almond extract for more flavor. I liked the texture a lot though and they definitely fall into the "fun" category as far as I'm concerned. I'll absolutely make the recipe again soon when I have more time and perhaps a few more testers to weigh in with opinions. Many thanks to Jaime for hosting this week and expanding my horizons! You can find the recipe for the crepes on her blog or on pages 23-24 of The Sweet Melissa Baking Book.