This week we ‘jetted’ off to France for another leg of our world tour. As always, we began by finding North Carolina on the globe and then the various continents and countries that we’ve already studied, until we found France.
Next we read two books that provide a simple overview of French culture. (France by Alan Blackwood and Brigitte Chosson, and Take a Trip to France by Jonathon Rutland). Of course, the kids were more than ready to sample some French cuisine, so we began with crepes!
My friend Isabelle, who is a French citizen, gave me this recipe (the following does include a few of our own modifications). She told us that she had never actually eaten crepes for breakfast until she moved to the United States – that at home they were always eaten as a snack or for a dessert. You learn something new every day!
Since this week has gone haywire and the only meal we seemed guaranteed to eat at home this week was breakfast, we went ahead and ate our early-morning Americanized version. They sure were good, though!
Start with a crepe batter:
1 c. flour
1 pinch salt
1 T. sugar
1 1/4 c. milk
2 T. melted butter + some for the pan
Whisk together until smooth. (Isabelle’s original recipe says to refrigerate for an hour or overnight. I tried that, and it worked, but we liked it better prepared just before eating. Isabelle doesn’t mix hers ahead, either.)
Over medium heat, butter a small non-stick frying pan and let it get hot. Add a few tablespoons of the batter and rotate the pan until covered. Pour the rest back into the bowl and let it cook until the top appears dry. Flip with a rubber spatula. The second side will cook in seconds. Slide out of the pan and repeat until batter is gone.
Now comes the fun part!
My Big Helper wanted to make cinnamon apple crepes. (Something we saw on Pinterest.) To make these, we peeled and thinly sliced two apples, added a drizzle of water, a drizzle of honey, and a small pat of butter. We cooked them in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until soft, then added cinnamon to taste and stirred.
After cooking a crepe, we filled it with apples. My Big Helper wanted to try chocolate sauce on hers, so we used Hershey’s (Don’t tell Isabelle – she makes the real stuff!)
She loved them!
My Little Man was less sure, but he thought the apples were great.
The best part about crepes is that like a tortilla, you can fill them with anything. So, next we went with fresh fruit – and again with the chocolate.
The pineapple-chocolate combo was my personal favorite.
Today for breakfast we served these again to our guests – they liked both the fresh fruit and eggs/ham/cheese varieties.
How do you like YOUR crepes??
PS – Thanks, Isabelle, for the recipe! We’ll definitely be making these again!