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) 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!


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.

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