Though I’m late, I wanted to wish you guys a belated Happy Pancake Day! 🙂 Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, is celebrated on the day preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) with a nice plate of soft pancakes, a dollop of butter (okay, not just a dollop) and loads of syrup (or/and jam, Nutella, chocolate, whipped cream… you get the drift!). While I cannot (and will not) confine my pancake eating to the one day, I believe celebrating pancake day is a necessity. I mean, what better way to go into 40 days of fast and abstinence than to scarf down pancakes the day before? I think its perfect! Now don’t get me wrong; I’m not assuring you that I’ll give pancakes up all through lent. But I’ll try. 😛
Every meal I’ve ever cooked, every cake I’ve baked and every dessert I’ve made, have a very fond memory attached to it. Though some memories get a little hazy over the years, some meals will always have a special place in my heart. The first time I made Nutella and Berry filled Crepes was one such meal I will always cherish.
It was just a little over a year ago; the boyfriend’s birthday. The special occasion called for a special brunch. Into the kitchen I went, and while I fried up a crepe at a time, my friends so wonderfully set the table for brunch. It was a late Saturday afternoon. Four plates of warm Strawberry and Nutella filled Crepes and mugs of sizzling coffee lay on the table, four very happy friends sat around engaging in animated conversation, gorging on the delicious crepes in front of us. I can’t remember a time when we were more relaxed. The memory makes me smile. 🙂
After that day, the boyfriend and my two friends loved me a tad bit more (because of the crepes, of course) and the amazing experience of savoring these Nutella and Berry filled crepes was a luxury we allowed ourselves every so often.
What I would say is the best thing about these crepes, is that you can have them at any time of the day. Breakfast, brunch, dinner, dessert, crepes work as the perfect meal at any time! To me they have become a guilty pleasure I love to indulge in, a dish I have cravings for quite often, and my go-to meal I take comfort in when I’m stressed or sad. (No, I don’t eat ice-cream out of the tub. Yes, I do lick the nutella off the plate once I’ve polished off these crepes.)
I am a great fan of the concept of breakfast for dinner, and obviously, crepes are the reason for that. The idea of sitting in bed with a tall glass of chilled water, a plate loaded with crepes, smeared with nutella and topped with berries and watching back-to-back episodes of Chasing Life is my way to unwind (not to mention, it’s what you’ll find me doing on most weekends!) So, if you love breakfast for dinner – or any time of the day – as much as I do, you’ve got to give this recipe a go!
Here’s what you need:
All Purpose Flour – 1 cup
Sugar – 4 tbsp
Salt – a pinch
Eggs – 2
Unsalted Butter – 2 tbsp, plus extra for greasing the pan
Milk – 1 cup
Vanilla Essence – 1 and 1/2 tsp
Nutella – 1 cup
Mixed Berries – 1 cup (strawberries, blueberries and raspberries)
This is how you make these Crepes:
In large bowl, blend together the flour, sugar, salt, eggs, melted butter, vanilla essence and milk until you have a smooth runny batter.
Heat a griddle on medium flame. Grease it with butter and pour in about 1/4 cup of batter. When the surface of the crepe begins to bubble, flip over and cook on the other side for about a minute. Repeat this until all the batter is used up.
While still warm, spread some Nutella on the inner side of the crepe and top with berries. Roll up and serve immediately.
These Nutella and Berry filled Crepes are immensely delectable. The soft mildly sweet crepes, the luscious creamy Nutella lending it’s nutty and chocolaty flavors and the sweet and tang coming through from the berries, each one lending it’s own unique texture and zest, all come together to form the perfect ticket to sweet paradise! It is pure ambrosia – both to the palate and the soul. 😀
I highly recommend indulging in a plate piled high with Nutella and Berry filled Crepes if you’re going through a rough patch, or even if you’re not. You will surely love these! It’s a promise. 🙂
P.S: If you’re in Oman, do check out my monthly column ‘Master Class with Winola Peris‘ in The Woman magazine 🙂