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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Crepe Cake

 The Rascals have always loved crepes but it wasn't until we became good friends with a family from Sweden that I found out about this crepe cake business.
Basically a stack of crepes is made and layered with some sort of filling, and this past week that filling has been dulce de leche.
I made one on Sunday morning with some larger crepes in about eight layers for a late Rascal Breakfast.  Old Rascal was home from University and was looking for lunch about an hour later... but you know, that's the way things go with Old Rascal and his "Empty Pit of Misery" stomach.

For a special treat for a single Rascal, or maybe two small ones, a smaller crepe cake can be easily made.
My younger daughter was home with a cold last week... here is the cheer-up breakfast I made for her.
 The crepes themselves are smaller, but the method is the same.  Layer the crepes and spread the filling in between: go right to the edges, no half measures needed here.
 I layered three crepes on the bunny plate...
 cut into quarters and served with a large napkin and a cup of lemon tea: maybe the cure for the common cold?
Here is my crepe recipe, originally from the wonderful Mollie Katzen:

1 cup of unbleached white flour
1 & 1/4 cups of milk
1 egg
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with a whisk and ladle, about a quarter cup at a time, into a non-stick pan for easy flipping.  I use a knob of butter for the first crepe and replenish as needed.  

For a larger crepe cake I double the recipe, it's so easy.  I'm planning to cook up another crepe cake this weekend, this time layered with whipped cream and blueberry jam.  While using whipped cream I'll make the crepes well ahead of time so they will be nicely chilled.
I hope you are having a great week Darling Tooties.
xoxDani

50 comments:

  1. We have a little French bistro downtown...I know, who would have thought...that makes very good creeps. Although I always think of them for sweets, they have some savory ones as well. Last time I made myself I was in my high school Home Ec. Class.

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  2. That would be crepes not creeps :)

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    1. Creeps might be interesting, though!

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  3. BB yes we don't want a place that makes creeps!
    Home Ec! Try again they are very easy with a good non-stick pan. I bought my pan from Williams Sonoma (home of peppermint bark which I still haven't tried by the way), the brand is Calphalon.

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  4. Dani,
    Never thought to make a cake,that looks yummy! My little guy likes his creeps with Nutella,sliced banana and strawberries with a little drizzled chocolate on top. Adding whipped cream sounds great. Better keep this up high or I bet scout would love a little bite too! Thanks Dani
    P.S. How is the little babe doing ,I'm sure you are best friends now!

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    1. Anon yes I love that little Scout. She's getting bigger but I'm with her all day so it's hard for me to see it, she's very good and the housetraining is excellent, she's also learned to sit on command. This week I start proper leash training!

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  5. Those look delicious! We often make them for Sunday breakfast, but have never made them into a cake! my rascals like them with strawberries and maple syrup, although the youngest's favourite topping is sugar and jam and maple syrup - type 2000 diabetes recipe as it's known in our house.

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    1. Ruth yes that's three types of sugar! Wow!

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  6. What's going on I thought I wrote crepes too. It's kind of creepy!

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  7. I love making crepes and haven't done in a while so will add this to my weekend cookery! There is a place downtown here called Crepes Suzettes that makes all kinds of sweet and savory crepe dishes, so I am usually lazy and pop in there!

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    1. WMM when I come visit you I want to go there!

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  8. That looks delicious! My inlaws like having crepes with raspberry jam and sugar sprinkled on top. I like them with Nutella, banana and whipped cream. Hope you are staying warm - we were buried under snow yesterday!!

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    1. Louise the snow this past week has been brutal, we had to have our car towed out of our own driveway, it got stuck in all the snow!

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  9. What a lovely "cheer-up breakfast"! Especially served up on such a sweet plate. I hope the wee one is feeling better. I have to ration the dulce de leche around here, as although I don't have a sweet tooth, anything with condensed milk does me in!

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    1. Hi Rebecca, my daughters have had a few stomach bugs and colds this winter... one thing after another. It's been a sickly winter for many people!

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  10. We used to go to The Union Club a private men's club when my FIL was alive and Mr. Hb and I loved to order their Crepes Suzette...they would be cooked at the table by the maitre d'....I have never made them myself but think if I did I would need a special pan like yours.
    Your rascals are very fortunate that you are able to serve them such a luxe breakfast!

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    1. Hostess that club sounds pretty swish, I'd like someone to make crepes for me just now!

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  11. Yummy! I also like savory ones with ricotta cheese mixed with herbs such as dill.

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    1. Rose that sounds good, I've been cooking more with ricotta these days as I'm trying to serve more vegetarian food... ricotta is fairly high in protein.

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  12. Dani,that looks so yummy!
    I like them just with powdered sugar:)

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    1. Ina do you make these? Powdered sugar: festive.

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  13. Butter, sugar, and a squeeze of lemon here!

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  14. I don't have much of a sweet tooth but you've hit my favorite flavor. I cannot imagine how good crepes with dulce de leche is! Oh my goodness. I must try this recipe. The idea of a crepe cake is just lovely. Your brood must be thrilled.

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    1. DF I hope they're thrilled those rascals. I deny my sweet tooth, I don't want to waken the beast!

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  15. I love crepes! This looks so delicious. I do think it takes a little help to get good at them, but so worth it!
    Have a good weekend Dani.

    Kim

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    1. Kim once you get the hang of it: very easy. You have a good weekend too :)

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  16. This looks delicious! I am a big crepe fan, but I usually make either a savory crepe recipe or crepes with Nutella. I must try this sweet version sometime soon. The bunny plate is adorable!

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    1. Katie D, I had to stop buying Nutella, the rascals were eating it with spoons. That bunny plate is Emma Bridgewater, a favourite in our kitchen.

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    1. FF your little wee guy will luff it.

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  18. That does sounds really yummy. Have you ever tried to do your crepes with buttermilk? I tried once and since then, only use it for crepes... I also let the batter rest for an hour, always... And yes, making your own dulce de leche (we call it confiture de lait or milk jam) is very easy... Oh all those yummy things! Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Steph I have never tried the buttermilk but I will now, thanks for the good tip!

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  19. I have never had this with dulche de leche but always with chantilly cream but might try it now!

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    1. Naomi these crepes would be delicious with whipped cream, that's my rascal treat this weekend!

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  20. That looks amazing, and so does the plate, what cheer up, you're a great mum Dani.
    Oh dulce de leche is my weakness, chocolate barely interest me but anything toffee/butterscotch/carmel has me braying like an animal.

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    1. I am the same way, Tabitha. I love anything in that family. My husband loves chocolate, so he mixed the two and made salted caramel brownies. I could easily have eaten the entire pan.

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    2. Tabs and DF, I love love anything caramel too. I won't even have a bit, too addictive.

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  21. Love crepes Dani. I remember a wonderful restaurant in Del Mar that had the most delish chicken crepes!
    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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    1. Karena I love a little crepe cafe, we had one here but it closed down, sadly not enough crepe-addicts around I guess.

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  22. I don't know if I've ever had crepes, but I can sure make short work on a short stack of flapjacks.
    Those do look delish ! Where is Scout ?!?!

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  23. Any announcements regarding the next book club?

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    1. GSL I have a couple of ideas for the next book club, stay tuned I'll make an announcement within the next week! Scout update coming tomorrow...

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  24. They look delicious. I used your crepe recipe when you posted it last year and made them with gruyere and then again with jam and whipped cream for dessert. I couldn't turn them out fast enough for my family. They were a great hit.

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    1. AmW, with gruyere, how delicious. Everybody loves crepes. I wish I could eat them, sadly I am on a gluten free diet which I sorely resent every time I make crepes.

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  25. Yum. Those remind me of lefse of my childhood. Usually they're rolled up like crepes but one of my aunts often piled them with butter and sugar in between the layers.

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    1. LTee that sounds like some good comfort food!

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  26. That looks delicious Dani! I make crepes every Saturday morning for my three, but they're absolutely not patient enough to wait for me to put some layers together! They are on their plates and gobbled up straight after they've left the pan.
    That Dulce de Leche looks very sinful... xx

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  27. Heidi my rascals were the same when they were younger, I guess they became more patient along the way! The dulce de leche has a million calories I'm sure.

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