I'm going against the January grain of healthy sharing because we have a tradition that we love. For family celebrations we make homemade crepes with assorted fillings.
This is our crazy indulgence!
I love crepes. I first had a crepe at Perkins Family Restaurants a long time ago... and then they took them off the menu.
No more crepes for Ruthy!!!
But when my oldest two were starting college I saw a sale for this Betty Crocker cookbook:
I bought three.... One for each of them and one for me, and I have loved this book ever since! So many good recipes inside! Old favorites (Deluxe sugar cookies/Mary's sugar cookies in the old book and simply "Sugar Cookies" in this one)... Snickerdoodles... Soft molasses cookies....(which make great holiday Whoopie Pies, but we'll talk about that another day!)
And inside there was a recipe for crepes!!! Oh, hallelujah! Recipe for crepes here!!!!
The fillings can be store-bought but I like to make my own. Basic fruit fillings for crepes can be done with fresh fruit but I like to use a "thinned" pie filling style.....
BASIC FRUIT FILLING RECIPE FOR CREPE FILLING
4 cups fruit (frozen berries, chopped apples, chopped peaches, etc.)
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 cup water
1 tablespoon butter
Heat fruit and water in covered saucepan on stove until hot and tender. (apples take a few minutes....)
Mix sugar and flour together. For apples add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg to flour/sugar mixture.
Mix dry ingredients and butter into hot fruit, reduce heat and stir until smooth.... thin with hot water if desired. (I thinned the above pic for the crepes... I wanted the apple mix dry-ish for strudel, but then I thinned it out with hot water to make it more syrupy for the crepes)
Fill crepes as you make them.
Top with additional fruit and/or whipped cream.
This is a fancy, delightful way to start our days of celebration! We don't indulge in these on other days because then they wouldn't be as special. And note the fancy paper plate, LOL! We knew we'd have plenty of dishes from dinner.
Thank you, Perkins restaurants and Betty Crocker for the inspiration. You've blessed a family for decades!
And here are the out-of-town guys, in town for the holidays (but not at the same time!)
Two generations of RISK! players... and the board did not get flipped, which might be a record in our house!
And here is finance boy from NYC.... Beth found old-school hand-held electronic games and brought them over.... Yes, this is what video games used to look like, LOL!
We had a wonderful holiday season.... but I'm ready to get back to normal schedules for a while. How about you???
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