These Apple Breakfast Crepes are light and fluffy. Topped with a cinnamon and cardamom spiced apple compote, this is a fool-proof crepe recipe that has been in my family for generations.
Inside of an old cookbook called Pirate’s Pantry – treasured recipes of Southwest Louisiana – are some fantastic recipes. The cookbook was given to me by my husband’s grandmother.
There are some interesting recipes in this book that make me cringe. Let me give you some examples: the Drunk Squirrel, Gator Meat Balls or how about Dove and Squirrel Gumbo.
Yea, not touching those.
But there are plenty of Cajun gems in there too. Seafood dishes like Shrimp Etoufee, Blend of the Bayou, and Shrimp Pomme de Terre. I have yet to try most of them, but I am working on it. Like the Pink Squirrel – which is a cocktail and rest assured has no squirrel in it.
Besides all the Cajun goodness, there are plenty of staples – like these French crepes. Tender and light, they are perfect for both sweet and savory fillings.
No fancy crepe pan necessary – just a regular 12″ saute pan and a spatula. It might take a few crepes to get the hang of the thickness and how to turn them easily, but no matter how thick or thin – they’re delicious!
Tips for Fool-Proof Crepes:
- Butter – use it to grease the pan, don’t shy away from it. Use a non-stick pan for best results, but otherwise butter is your friend.
- If you have time, let the batter rest for about 1/2 hour. This helps hydrate the batter and results in a little bit more lacey and delicate crepe. If you don’t have time – that’s fine – I make this all the time without waiting. I’m impatient!
- Allow yourself a few practice rounds – technique takes time! Making them a bit thicker on your first attempts will make it easier.
- Make Lemon Sugar crepes – my favorite! Sprinkle the finished crepe with fresh lemon juice followed by powdered sugar. It’s so good! Had them this way in Morocco!
Breakfast Crepe ideas
- nutella and bananas and/or strawberries
- sliced fruit (peaches get my vote) and mascarpone
- any fruit compote (recipe above)
- jam and sour cream
- sprinkle powdered sugar + lemon juice with fresh blueberries
- sauteéd mushrooms + spinach and gruyere
- sliced tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella
- sauteéd spinach and ricotta cheese
- roasted red peppers, marinated artichokes + hummus
- eggs, bacon bits and cheddar cheese with green onion
Soft and buttery crepes topped with cinnamon and cardamom spiced apples.
- 4 small/medium apples peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2" slices (I used 2 granny smith and 2 pink lady)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter or coconut oil
- ½ cup apple cider
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
In a medium bowl, combine all the spices, sugar and salt.
Add the sliced apples and turn to evenly coat with the spices.
In a large skillet, melt the butter or coconut oil over medium-high heat. Once melted, add the fruit mixture and cook, stirring occasionally for 7-10 minutes until the fruit is starting to brown on the edges.
Add the apple cider to the skillet and reduce heat to low. Simmer until the apples are tender, but not falling apart - 15–20 minutes - stirring occasionally. Add a couple tablespoons of water if there is not enough liquid in the pan.
Once the fruit is tender, let it cool slightly and stir in lemon juice.
Beat eggs, flour and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
Melt the butter over medium heat in the same saucepan you intend to cook the crepes in.
Add the milk and vanilla to the egg/flour mixture - mix to incorporate.
Slowly add the melted butter from the saucepan into the mixing bowl, whisking as you go.
If you have time to let the batter rest for 30 min, it will result in more tender crepes, but skipping this is no problem - I skip this step all the time!
Cook about ⅓ cup of batter at a time for each crepe. Pour the batter in the saucepan and quickly swirl it around into a thin layer coating the entire bottom of the pan. The crepe should take about 30 sec to 1 minute to cook depending on your thickness.
Once the edges start to look a little crisp and tiny bubbles form throughout the crepe that side is done. Pick up the edges and slide a spatula under it to flip it and cook the second side about 15 seconds. Many recipes don't flip it, but I do!
Top with fruit compote, a dash of cinnamon or powdered sugar. If making a bunch at once, separate each with a piece of parchment paper and keep warm in the oven.
The apple compote can be made ahead of time.
Inspired by a recipe in BonAppetit.
*This recipe tastes the best using real butter. Resist the temptation to reduce the amount of butter called for in the recipe - the pan needs to have a good layer of butter to prevent the crepes from sticking.
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