Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Peanut Butter&Jam Crepes, and a CSN Gift Certificate

Now that the holidays are over, and all the great leftovers have been recycled into time saving meals, and we are just tired of eating so much cookies...if any left, as for me, I'm just fresh out of ideas, so I lean on my "tried and true" and easy dishes, and desserts. Crepes...or in Hungarian, (palacsinta)...in Italian (crescpelle) in English is actually the American version of pancakes, which is totally a different type, but thicker, and is consumed for breakfast.

My family loves crepes, I have at least 3 types of crepe pans, all three are only used to make crepes in. I have a 6 inch cast iron tortilla pan, which is so perfect to make the smaller size crepes, nicely seasoned pan, easy to flip the crepes over, which is the best part. The second one is actually just for crepes as well, which is an 8 inch skillet. The third, which is the most popular, and "fail proof" is an 8 inch non stick skillet that is most advisable. I do have the actual recipe, which I personally think is the best that I can share with you!
I could barely set up these little peanut butter&jam crepe pieces...within less than 5 minutes it was gone. I could barely take a picture of it, because my little grandchildren, and son-in-law just grabbed a piece. These paper thin crepes, and the peanut butter and jam not only satisfies, as a snack, but doubles as a dessert. The above presentation, is 2 pieces of crepes stacked, smooth and silky peanut butter is spread on it, and strawberry jam is spread on it. Folded in half, and into thirds, and sliced it in half, again. Just look at the thin, light as a feather crepes, you can just serve it with a fork, to cut a bite size piece.

Now, on to the recipe, and the $50. gift certificate giveaway from CSN!...isn't is marvelous?


 I saved my crepes/palacsinta recipe from 20 yrs ago, which was  copied from a Hungarian cookbook, written in English, and then I found the same exact formula/recipe in an old food magazine from the same year, so I cut and pasted it on an index card. The Hungarian book called it "pancakes" and palacsinta, which I preferred the name CREPES, sounded more sophisticated!



CREPES


3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup club soda
unsalted, melted butter, about 1Tbsp. plus 1Tbsp.
vegetable, or canola oil, mixed with the butter


Mix the eggs, flour, milk, sugar and salt in a large bowl, and beat with a wire whisk, or electric mixer for about 2 minutes, to make a smooth batter. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours, or more.

Stir club soda into batter. Heat a heavy 8 inch skillet over moderate heat for about 1 minute. Lightly brush with the melted butter, and oil Test heat by dropping a small amount of the batter into the pan-if it sizzles, pan is ready.

Remove pan from the heat, immediately pour about 1/4 cup of the batter into the center of the pan, and at the same time, start tipping the pan in all directions so that the batter coats the bottom of the pan in a thin, even layer. Pour off any excess batter, fill any large gaps with a little extra, Return pan to heat and cook about 1 minute until top of crepe loses its shine and the edge can be lifted easily with a small spatula. Lift edged of crepe out onto a flat surface. Continue making crepes; stack them in heaps of 6 or 8 with wax paper between each crepe.

Crepes may be made ahead, each stack put in a plastic bag and refrigerated or frozen. Thaw before using. Makes about  12-14 crepes.

CSN I STORES- $50. Gift Certificate {Giveaway}

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One lucky food and thrift finds reader will win a $50. gift card to spend on anything from any of the 200+ CSN Stores just by doing the following:

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79 comments:

  1. nice recipe for crepes ! well explained !!

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  2. Slurp,just drooling here, very irresistible crepes..

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  3. These look absolutely delicious! I love pancakes and crepes for breakfast. I love your last photo especially, makes me drool!

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  4. Looks so very delicious! Lovely shots & they just are making me drool:)


    US Masala

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  5. Great minds think alike! I also posted about pancakes yesterday. I don't use any measures when making pancakes, just add as i go. But this time as I decided to post about the dessert, I actually armed myself with measuring cups and spoons :D And it is interesting how the Hungarian and Slovenian name for crapes are similar: palacsinta comparing to palachinka. But hey, they are after all two neighboring countries, right?

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  6. http://www.allmodern.com/Missoni-Home-1F3OG99-MSH1244.html
    this candle is fabulous but it is 360.00 can you believe that!
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  7. I am a gFC follower
    jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

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  8. http://twitter.com/#!/meeyeehere/status/23068989731119105
    tweeted too.
    Come by my blog,I am having a giveaway too!
    http://meeyeehere.blogspot.com/2011/01/giveaway-from-me-to-you-gift-cards.html
    Thanks!
    jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

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  9. Mmm...I love thin crepes, too. Didn't know that peanut butter goes well with strawberry jam, I need to try that next time. Thanks very much for sharing. MaryMoh at http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com

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  10. Woo Hoo! I had not gotten over to your blog yet today so thanks for the prompt! Also left a response to your great comment on my blog! I'm going backwards: this is my I FOLLOW YOU post. In Google Reader and now on Twitter (I had not found you on Twitter yet!) Toni

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  11. This is my I TWEETED THE CONTEST WITH A LINK comment.

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  12. Crepes looks delicious nice one. Nice giveaway too.

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  13. Ok this is my WHAT WOULD I BUY COMMENT. The answer SHOULD BE 'why Elisabeth I would of course apply the gift certificate to something in the exercise department because I've been making more ice cream than Baskin Robbins'...but that's not my real answer. It would be in the area of the kitchen items. LOVED the $1054 tomato slicer. Gorgeous. Realistically I'd go for something orange. Loved the scrapper with orange handle. Orange spatulas. The selection seemed endless.

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  14. Thank you all for participating, and also for your kind comments!
    I love CSN Stores so much, I'm so excited that they contacted me, and asked me if I would like to participate in the $50. gift certificate giveaway, I immediately jumped on it, and I'm so excited...can't say share...LOL...because it's a giveaway to 1 lucky winner, that will be randomly chosen, and they will directly mail the gift certificate to you!
    BTW: my twitter account name is:

    FOODANDTHRIFT...

    so please visit, comment, and follow there too (opt.) you don't have to sign up to twitter, just to follow me...but DO follow my blog-even if you decide to unfollow later, which I don't think you will. I will follow you back, as well!

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  15. Hi Elisabeth, I have always wanted to learn how to make crepes. Thanks so much for all the detail! Wonderful!

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  16. Oh, Elisabeth, now you have got me shopping!!! CSN has a rectangular Springform pan to die for!!! Love it!

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  17. I'm sure you know, but I tweed! I loved it so I tweeted too!!!
    @FoodsLove Laurie Alves
    Check out Crepes and a Giveaway! A Food Blog Dream!http://foodandthriftfinds.blogspot.com/2011/01/peanut-butter-crepes-and-csn-gift.html

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  18. I'd get a mango wood utensil crock.

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

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  19. i'd really like a new fan for our bedroom
    tcogbill at live dot com

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  20. i follow you gfc
    tcogbill at live dot com

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  21. Absolutely love crepes. I love it with nutella. Well, who doesn't?! hehe... This PB&J crepes is no doubt delicious too. :)
    I wish I could enter the giveaway but I am neither a US or Canadian resident. :(

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  22. Oh, I love crepes...my mom, my 3 sisters and I would make these on the weekend for breakfast...yum. I'm saving your tried and true recipe for my next attempt :)

    On to your wonderful give away...so many fun options, but I especially like the Alessi Augh! Trivet...so beautiful and functional! Thanks for the opportunity, my friend!

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  23. My next blog post will link back to your give away!

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  24. Oh I bet these crepes are a perfect snack! It's so hard to pick anything from CSN, they have EVERYTHING! But I would definitely get some platters for the kitchen!

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  25. I like the Krooom Don Table and Two Chair Set
    SKU #: kxo1012 and would get it.

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  26. tweet
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  27. fantastic crep
    1st time here lovely space.do visit my site

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  28. Oh so many things that I love from the CSN store. I really need some new serving dishes! Your crepes look delicious. I can see why you had a hard time snapping photographs. I would have grabbed these up too! Thank you for sharing this tasty recipe with me. Sweet dreams, my friend!

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  29. I think the main thing I'd want from CSN would be some cute new dishes!

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  30. Wow Csn is awesome...I just love the site, so much to choose from and with just adding a new kitchen to many items to list! Love the peanut and jelly combo crepe, always a good bet for a dinner party with kids!

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  31. Oops and I forget to mention... you are on that award page.. http://pegasuslegend-whatscookin.blogspot.com/p/my-favorite-foodies-on-blogosphere.html take a look when you get the change great lineup, feel free to take the badge and enjoy Congrats to you too!

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  32. Crepes are also one of my family's favorite. They are gone in a flash!
    I wish I would own a crepes pan like you.May I could buy one with the CSN coupon?
    I am one of your followers.

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  33. Ahh, am so glad i wasnt posting yesterday or else i would have exprncd the blogger bug too :-)
    Love crepes and more so love the way ur thinking of leftovers!!
    Oh ur 3 pans excite me allright:-)
    And the deliciousness is calling to me:-)

    Oh i would loveee to chose the Nordicware bakeware from CSN home:-)
    Thannnxx a ton for hosting the wonderful giveaway!

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  34. I sure follow ur lovely blog and am glad i do :-)

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  35. Thanks, Elisabeth. I think that I would have to go with this one from Le Creuset (in red!)
    Here is the link:
    http://www.csnhome.com/Le-Creuset-L2036-2730-LEC1125.html
    I would have to put in some of my Christmas money, too.

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  36. Elizabeth,I had the most amazing crepes in Saratoga Springs NY ,a place called Ravenous.The crepes you made and these pictures instantly trasported me to Ravenous and the amazing crepes I had there. I have bookmarked the recipe and have to surprise my daughter now:) The CSN is fortunate to have found you to advertize their store,I must say you are very effective,you actually made me shop online,I already have a long list BTW this one thing I have my eyes set on is- Reston Lloyd Classic Glazed 6.25-Qt. Schlemmertopf/Clay Cooker - 842. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win this :) Have a good day:)!!!

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  37. I have my eye on a red silicone bakeware set :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

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  38. I follow you on GFC (Crave to Save)
    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

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  39. http://twitter.com/#!/CrazyItalian0/status/23531700260700160

    tweet!

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  40. My father was hungarian and my grandmother and mother always made palascinta (crepes). We would always spread them with jam and put powdered sugar on top. I still have my grandmothers recipe that my aunt wrote down in the 1940's. I too love crepes. Yours look wonderful!

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  41. I like the Kichler Heather Pendant Light Kit

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  42. I follow with GFC

    dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. Hi Elisabeth,

    My First time here and what a recipe to set my eyes on!! These luk sooo wonderful!! And the giveaway part is just fabulous! You must be real awesome to be contacted by CSN- My Favorite Online store!!Since i would never want to miss chances to win anything from CSN, i would love to participate in this and reeeeeely hope to win! *Wink* *Wink*

    I Visited the website like ALWAYS, and this time my eyes were fixed on the Measuring set! I would love to have this one! http://www.cookware.com/All-Clad-59917-AAC1207.html

    Thanks and Regards,
    Mehnaz
    mehnaz(dot)kapadia(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. I am your follower through GFC! :)

    mehnaz(dot)kapadia(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. And guess what! I tweeted about this too! :D
    @NaaZuk

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  46. Have my eye on:
    Hillsdale Wilshire Antique White Daybed Set

    Can't afford it, but I like it.

    karin56381 (at) gmail.com

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  47. Elisabeth, thanks for hosting this great giveaway! it's so hard to pick a favorite, but I really need a new espresso colored gathering table and chairs ($50 may not get me far, but hey, $50 is $50). I'm your newest follower now.

    ALSO, I love the crepes and will have to make them for my hubby dearest. Hope you'll bring them by to my Friday Potluck! :)

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  48. Forever the practical type I would by a double utility tub for my budding business.

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  49. Also, I am already following you.

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  50. Also, I tweeted about this contest. Thanks Elisabeth! BTW the crepes look amazing!

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  51. Elizabeth, Your food looks amazing and I am very happy to follow you. Thanks for visiting my blog…I am enjoy this so much. I would love to try several of your recipes, especially the cabbage rolls. I have never tried to make them. My mom made them all the time. One of my favorites! However, I do make stuffed peppers, also one of my favorites!

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  52. The crepes look great, and the giveaway is wonderful, but I am here to remark on the fact that I JUST figured out that you are Lora's mum! D'oh! I'm not so bright, I guess. It was actually Gabi's blog that clued me in. Three generations of food bloggers, how cool is that???

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  53. I've had my eye on a food processor at the CSN stores for a LONG time. This would be an awesome start to help me get it!

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  54. Elisabeth, no wonder they didn't last long. The jam and peanut butter filling oozing out has my mouth watering.
    Anna's Table

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  55. I love making crepes, too -- but I'm more in the habit of making the savory kind, like for cannelloni. But I'm willing to give the dessert kind a go. The pb&j sounds wonderful.

    So I might get a crepe pan from CSN, but more than likely I'd get new knives! My old ones have already lasted a lifetime!

    I'll be following!

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  56. I have my eye on some Le Creuset. I'd really love a pitcher and a casserole dish.
    fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

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  57. I'm a gfc follower.
    fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

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  58. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/suburbsanity/status/23776080372436993
    fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

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  59. too pity I'm not in US or Canada area Liz :(
    But surely I envy your crepes ! ^_^

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  61. i love crepes n this is 1 of it - looks super delicious! :p~

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  62. Kedves Elisabeth,
    ez a palacsinta első látásra a szívem csücske lett! Isteni lehet!!!
    A kisfiam imádja a mogyoróvajat, de hihetetlen, ez még sosem jutott eszembe, mint töltelék! De most aztán jól megjegyzem magamnak és majd ha megsütöm, be is linkellek, annyira jó az ötlet! Köszi szépen!!
    P.S. Bocs, ha ritkán jutok ide, manapság nagyon elfoglalt vagyok és épp csak felteszem a receptet, de sajnos keveset tudok körbenézni a blogokon, bár nagyon szeretnék. Igyekszem:))
    Legyen szép napod!

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  63. another great post. So simple...sometimes are the best. Did a little browsing on your giveaway site, got my eye on an accent chair colorful fabric!!! and will be posting a link on my site. What great exposure for your site!

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  64. Hi .. my name is MARIMI,,, is the first visit to your blog and I love to light new and different recipes like yours,,, I invite you to visit my blog and share mine. ... From VIGO SPAIN SALUDOS.

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  65. I like this cute little birdhouse:

    http://www.allmodern.com/Loll-Designs-AC-SPB-LDS1001.html

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  66. tweet:

    http://twitter.com/#!/mami2jcn/status/24168353132183553

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  67. I love the crepes...and I would use the prize to buy one of the PABLO floor lamps from allmodern...I think I am feeling lucky!!!

    Thanks, Elisabeth!!!

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  68. I love crepes too and have never tried making them in a cast iron skillet before, great idea...
    And that is also exactly what I need a new one of.

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