Friday, February 21, 2014

FFWD ~ Butter and Rum Crepes…Plain and Fancy

Beautiful Butter and Rum Crepes for French Fridays

Crepes are the pick for this week’s French Friday, and I couldn’t be happier! I love crepes! I grew up on crepes, however we called them Palacsinta.  My father was Hungarian and my mom made Palacsinta, quite often on the weekends. They are paper-thin pancakes, similar to French crepes. We would stand by the stove, full of anticipation for what was to come, as my mom would flip those wonderfully thin pancakes. We would spread them with my mom’s homemade jam, roll them and sprinkle them with powdered sugar! Could anything be better?

In the 80’s, Crepes were the rage!  Everyone made them with the “NEW" electric crepe maker. Putting your batter into a pie plate and dipping the hot crepe maker into it.  I used it for years, but always felt as though I should be making them in a fry pan like my mom. It just felt like cheating! So, several years ago I bought a wonderful crepe pan from De buyer.  Made in France of blue steel, once seasoned, it produces the most wonderful crepes. When I saw crepes on our French Friday February recipe rotation, I packed up my trusty crepe pan to make the journey to Florida with me.

Our first stop was in Atlanta!  For some reason, my grandsons and I were talking about our favorite foods, and crepes came up. So, I did what any good grandma would do. I pulled out my crepe pan, along with Dorie’s recipe, and mixed up a double batch of the batter!  The next morning we had a wonderful breakfast. So much so, that I made another batch for the next morning.  To say they were a hit would be an understatement! 

These were so good filled with the lemon curd…an afternoon delight!
That brings us to this week, and Dorie’s wonderful Butter and Rum Crepes! I mixed the batter the night before, as Dorie suggests.  I had a jar of Lemon Curd in the fridge, from Trader Joe’s, that I planned on using.  I loved Dorie’s recipe!  The trick with the sugar and zest is wonderful.  Dorie's recipe tells you to zest a lemon and orange, and rub it into the sugar, before adding to the other ingredients. It gave so much flavor to these crepes.  Making the crepes was quite easy. I’m an old pro and, once you get the hang of it, you will be too!  We ran some errands yesterday, so my hubby took me out for a lovely lunch. When I got back to the house I cooked up the crepes.  They were our late afternoon snack or, you could call them our dessert before dinner. Either way, they were delicious, and very much enjoyed!  We finished the rest of the crepes for breakfast this morning, with some homemade jam and powdered sugar. Just the way my mom made them! Happy Friday everyone!!


This recipe can be found in Dorie’s Cookbook “Around My French Table” or here, where it has been published. To see what the other Dorista’s are up to check it out on our French Friday site.

My trusty de Buyer crepe pan…doing it’s job!
These were such a treat…ask my grandsons

 Bon appétit! 



38 comments:

  1. Beautiful crepes! What fun memories to make with your grandbabies!

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  2. I grew up with my mom making crepes, too. I am going to check out your link to the pan...I think I need some retail therapy this week :) What fun to share with your grandchildren!

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  3. Gorgeous looking crepes! Blood oranges and lemon curd; two of my favorites!

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  4. Your crêpes are absolutely beautiful! I need that pan!

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  5. I love crepes!! I haven't made crepes in FOREVER! These look great!

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  6. Those blood oranges look amazing but not as fabulous as your crepes. It looks like Guyla also has that pan and now you two are making me want my own :) It really is such a lovely treat and "special" item to share that I am inspired to do so more often. I love that you shared them with your grandsons. I can only imagine how amazing it was for them to taste the impressive goodies you knocked out and hear the stories about when you were young. Doesn't get more special than that. Oh, and I love the idea of sharing them with hubby before dinner too :) I just picked up a jar of that lemon curd at Trader Joe's - can't wait to dig in !

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  7. Wonderful crepes and gorgeous blood oranges! Love that you made memories for your grandsons with this week's recipe!! Now, those are PRECIOUS!!

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  8. Dear Kathy, I love crepes too. Those are nice memories to go with these delicious crepes.
    It is true you have to have that special pan that makes them just right and in a perfect round shape.
    I remember the crepe rage in the 70's and 80's. I think it should come back.
    Beautiful dish. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  9. They are so evenly and beautifully thin! I need to make a batch too.

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  10. My experience was the opposite of yours (though I remember the electric crepe maker too). Yours look so delicious, now maybe I need to try them again! At least my vanilla citrus syrup was good to kind of mask the "mess" I made.

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  11. I think I should invest in a crepe pan and if they turn out as perfect as yours, I would be
    a happy camper. Hubby was in 7th heaven eating all these goodies while I was practicing.
    They are really tasty and I love crepes. Have a happy "warmer" weekend, until it changes
    again.

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  12. I agree the blood orange look fantastic with the crepes. I some how missed the crepe craze of the 1980's but maybe that is because I was macrobiotic during those years, bummer, crepes would have been more appetizing than seaweed and brown rice.

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  13. Well Kathy it seem like the love of palacsinta is in our blood. Now I want one too. :-)

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  14. De Buyer pans are very high on my kitchen wish list. Your crepes are thin and beautiful. Your grandsons are very lucky!

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  15. Butter and rum? Yum! Your crepes look amazing.

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  16. Beautiful job, Kathy! I love a good crêpe - I remember my very first one in France filled with crème de marron and topped with crème Chantilly! I have been hooked since.

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  17. These crepes look so delicious, butter and rum together are awesome :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  18. Your crepes look perfect, Kathy! Yes, my family had the electric crepe maker too. This way was much more challenging. I LOVE that you brought your crepe pan with you to Florida. You and Mary don't travel light! Hope you are enjoying the better (non-Northeast) weather. Have a good week.

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  19. Kathy, what a fancy stack of beautiful looking, perfect crêpes - so nice to hear that they were such a hug hit with your grand kids! Love your de Buyer crêpe pan!
    Have a nice Sunday!

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  20. Wow, super-grandma! Way to be prepared. Lucky, lucky grandkids.

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  21. Your crepes look fantastic. And what lucky grandsons you have, to have a grandmother who makes such wonderful treats! Enjoy your time with them.

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  22. I love that pan - it really does a nice job, doesn't it?
    Beautiful looking crepes - hope you are enjoying your time in the south!

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  23. Your crepes look perfect - they are gorgeous Kathy. Glad these brought back some good memories.

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  24. Beautiful! I need a pan like that! You are such a lovely grandmother! Your grandsons are so lucky I am a little jealous!

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  25. Your crepes are beautiful. Love your presentation. We loved these crepes especially the sauce. Love the crepe pan - it is on my need to get list.

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  26. I bet those boys loved those crepes. And, two days in a row. What a life. I waited for Melissa to bring her crepe pan this week and we are making them Tuesday morning (well I am making them and she is going to watch). "I wouldn't miss this." are her exact words. I haven't made crepes for years (back in the fondue and Lipton Onion Dip days) so am rusty. Yours look gorgeous, Kathy, and, delicious. I had never heard of Palacsinta so am glad you included a link. Sounds as if Florida is agreeing with you.

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  27. Those are just lovely. My mom had one of those electric crepe makers. I don't think she used it more than once. Pans are more fun.

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  28. Three cheers for Grandma's crepes and Dorie's recipes! I had so much fun cooking along this week.

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  29. I can see why your grandkids gobbled these up Kathy, they look just wonderful. There's something quite magical about crepes, I don't make them enough, that's for sure!

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  30. Have crepe pan will travel, hmm? Love your pan, I am stuck using my frying pan. But I just made orange curd, then lemon curd, so what a great idea for using them up!

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  31. You are a wonderful grandmother - packing up your crêpe pan and treating them to Dorie's wonderful recipe. I can tell that you're a practiced hand at these, too. Your crêpes are beautiful!

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  32. I love crepes! They remind me of my college years! Back then crepes were very much in fashion and we used to eat them all the time. Yours look fantastic!

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  33. Such a simple, yet perfectly indulgent breakfast!

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  34. Kathy, you've encouraged me to re-season my new pan and try again. I am in Dallas this week and I wish I had thought to bring my pan with me. Truth be told, though, I am so tired by the time we have a break from the little ones I probably wouldn't get them done anyhow. A newborn and an almost three year old have way more energy than I! I have a lot to learn about pacing! Hope you are enjoying your trip.

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  35. I love the idea of serving crepes with homemade jam and powdered sugar! Yum! It sounds like your whole family got their fill of these wonderful crepes.

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