Thursday, August 2, 2012

That's just peachy! Part I, Peach Crepes.

Peach fuzz.
You're a peach.

Peaches make good conversation.  They make even better desserts - and here is an EASY favorite!  It's peach season and I can't get enough of them; I've been eating them twice a day.  This year, hand-delivered South Carolina peaches won my personal choice award for juicy goodness! 

This recipe is flexible and fun:  Peach Crepes.  Kids like 'em.  Adults like 'em.  What's not to like - sweetened peaches and whipped cream in a feather-light wrapper! 

Start by lightly sugaring a few cut-up peaches in a bowl.  And blueberries.  Or strawberries.  And/or any fruit that will taste good wrapped up with some whipped cream...

Oh - hold on before your imagination gets carried away. We're concentrating on peaches here...

Beat 1 cup of heavy whipping cream (Yes - make it "real"!  You will be so glad you did.) until it starts to thicken; then add 3 Tablespoons powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.  Continue to beat until soft peaks form, and chill until ready to use.  

Next, make crepe batter:  In a bowl that's good for pouring (a quart-size measuring bowl with a spout works well), combine 4 lightly beaten eggs, 1 1/3 cups milk, 2 Tablespoons melted butter, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 2 Tablespoons white sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Whisk together until smooth.

Heat a medium-size skillet - or better yet, a crepe pan (a skillet with very gently sloping sides) - which you have greased with a small amount of butter or oil.  Gently swirl a thin layer of batter onto the skillet.   If you have an electric crepe maker, follow directions...I don't know if they make those upside-down mini-skillet things any more.  Leave a note if you have one without instructions and I'll try to walk you through it - or better yet, we'll ask Jodi from peachy SC to send us a video demo!  A griddle, with its big flat non-restrictive surface, is not the best choice - just trust me on that.  We ended up with the shapes of several U.S. states.  This is a VERY thin batter - it's supposed to be, it's the thinnest pancake ever.  And just like a pancake, it will start to bubble just a bit on top; flip it, let it brown gently on both sides (just a minute or two per side), and you are ready to put this dessert on a plate!

Pile on the peaches - or assortment of other fruits of your choice.  Dollop a generous helping of the whipped cream and gently curl the crepe around to make a delicious, fun, and easy treat.  Your family/guests can make their own, just keep the warm and delicious crepes coming to the table.

I can't stop there!  Watch for Part II, more peach sweetness, coming soon....

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