Monday, September 02, 2013

Mommy's Crepes


When my mom was in high school, she had a chance to go to France with the Girl Scouts (pretty cool, huh?). She took a train from California to the East Coast, and then they took a boat across the Atlantic. On the boat, they even learned how to drink wine, so that they would be ready to live with their French host families!

big stack of crepes

Years later, when I was a little girl and life called for a special breakfast, she would make us crepes. A lot of folks grew up eating pancakes, but I didn't really know anything about pancakes until I was a grown-up. We were a crepes - french toast - and waffles family. But crepes were extra special. 

I don't even remember learning how to make crepes, it was something I started doing when I was so little.  But I do remember my mom's simple recipe: 1 c flour, 1 c milk, 1 egg. Whisk it together and go. So easy, but not vegan. It is a true testimony to my love for animals that I was willing to go vegan thinking that I would never eat crepes again.  

When Isa's first book "Vegan With a Vengeance" came out, and I saw a savory crepe recipe in there - I went right to work breakfastizing it! (*I'll put my recipe below) When my crepes were successful, I was literally (and I mean that literally) running around the house holding crepes up in the air with joy and victory. I was so excited to be reunited with my childhood favorite!



The way we usually ate crepes was with some lemon juice and sprinkled on powdered sugar. And sometimes also with homemade apricot jam. We had a lemon tree, and an apricot tree, so those things were even more homey. My mom would send my brother or me out into the back yard to pick a lemon.

We had a cool metal thing that you tapped and the powdered sugar came out. A few years back, my mom gave it to me and I love it so much.


 After dressing up our crepe with our chosen yum-enhancers, we would roll it up and dig in.

I think we were encouraged to use our forks, but I always remember Jeremy and I being too impatient for that, picking them up like a burrito and eating them in rolls!

this morning's breakfast glory

So, this morning as part of our 1st wedding anniversary weekend (it was officially yesterday), I made a nice big breakfast of watermelon, tofurkey sausages, and Mommy's Crepes. A breakfast full of love!

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Easy Vegan Crepes
(adapted from Vegan With a Vengeance)

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cups chickpea flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp canola oil
2 -2 1/4 cups almond milk (or whatever non-dairy milk you're into)
*spray oil for cooking

Prepare a griddle over medium-high heat and turn your oven to the lowest possible temperature.

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, chickpea flour, and salt. Add the oil and almond milk and whisk until blended.

By now, your griddle should be hot. Spray it with some oil, and use either a 1/3 or a 1/4 cup scooper to pour on some batter. Quickly, grab the handle and tilt the pan every which way to spread your crepe batter into a good sized crepe. If you batter doesn't spread easily, you need to add more water or almond milk to your batter.

The crepe is ready to flip when the entire top surface has become firm, the edges have started to lift, and a quick peek underneath reveals some golden spots.

Once your crepe is ready, pop it in the oven, and turn the oven off. (This is just to keep them all warm. Also, if you want to be fancy, you can put your plates in the oven too). Pile up all your crepes, and when you're done - go forth and nom!

p.s. If you are scared of crepes, please be brave and conquer your fears! If baby me could do it, I'm sure you can too. Many years ago, I even made a little "how to make crepes video" - check it out!

40 comments:

  1. Happy belated wedding anniversary weekend! Ha! I used to eat crepes like a burrito too! Forks are for wimps! :P

    How cool for your mom to travel to France so young! I see where you got your travelling gene from.

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    1. :) Yes, I totally got my travelling gene from my mom! :)

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  2. I love your crepe story Amey! I also grew up on crepes with similar fillings, and miss them so much. Now you have me thinking about making gluten-free crepes. Hmmm...

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    1. Julie, I'm sure it could be done... and all the gf's missing their crepe-y childhoods would revere you!

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  3. This is such a lovely post! I love the drawing of when you learned to make vegan crepes. It's inspired me to give them a go.

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    1. Oh, Imogen Michel, I hope you do! Let me know how it goes!!

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  4. I remember the day I made my first vegan crepe too! It was 7 years ago this month. It was so incredibly proud. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I think I need to invite someone over for breakfast crepes soon, so I can show off my skills. xoxo

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    1. Yes, it's a great way to impress people! They seem very sophisticated, even though they aren't really that hard! ha ha

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  5. I'm honored to be the inspiration for this post! Crepes have the double virtues of being very good AND very easy. BTW, I like the OP logo on Jeremy's t-shirt. It establishes the time frame nicely. XO

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    1. yay! Momsie! I wondered who would be the first person to notice the OP logo! :)

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  6. lysette3:51 PM

    My Mom has one of those metal shakers! I bent the lid dropping it as a kid but I'd love to inherit it. I'd shake flour on to the counter to roll pie dough. My Nana taught me to make pies, that shaker is full of nostalgia :)

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    1. Oh Lysette, I love your comment. Learning to make pies with Nana sounds so wonderful. :)

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  7. Oh, I have to check out your video! I bought a crepe pan special about a year ago, so that I could finally make crepes... And I still haven't made them. The crepe fears run deep! But if baby you can do it, you give me hope! I love that you call the fillings "yum-enhancers." Congrats again on your anniversary!!!

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    1. I don't even have a proper crepe pan - though I've certainly thought of getting one. That would be so fun. In the meantime, you should try it! One day, you'll make crepes, and I'll make a breakfast burrito. :)

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  8. Awww, Happy Anniversary you guys!! I also grew up eating crepes and I still love them now especially with lemon and sugar, yum, I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!

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    1. Maybe we should have a crepey breakfast when you guys are here! That would be so special!

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  9. This is such a sweet theme! Crepes are delicious - I love them with chocolate hazelnut spread and strawberries but lemon and sugar seems to be the classic topping here (UK) and it's yummy too!

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    1. Oh... I didn't even think of chocohazelnut spread, and I think I even have some in the cupboard! I guess I'll just have to make another batch sometime soon.

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    2. Poor you, you'll have to suffer through some more pancakes! ;) It's so delicious, especially with some fruit!

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  10. I love this post so much Amey! Your pictures are perfect as always. and I'm squeeing over how cute 'Noshtalgia' is!

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    1. Thank you, Randi!! :)

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  11. Awesome! I love this recipe and how so much of what I ate pre-vegan (like crepes and such) can still be made vegan and taste even better :)

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    1. yes, it is such a joy that there is still much to eat and enjoy as a vegan. Yummy food and a light conscience = perfect!

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  12. I love this theme so much! Hearing your story is just heartwarming, but also, whoa amazing photography & adorable drawings! <3

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    1. Thank you so much, Kelly!

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  13. OK. This is a wonderful story. :) Next you must conquer gluten-free crepes.

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    1. I'll leave the gf crepes up to you - I don't have the motivation! :)

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  14. Aww, loved the story, and happy anniversary!

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  15. Ha, I love that they learned how to drink wine on the boat. Your crepes look awesome! The recipe you posted, the original one, is how we mostly make pancakes in Germany, too. They are not as thin as crepes, but they are similar. We eat them with apple sauce and sugar or canned blueberries. They always remind me of my grandmother.

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  16. Wonderful! They look perfect. And guess what, crêpes fit right in with my French theme this mofo, so you've given me an idea :)

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  17. I love this story, Amey! I would love to see you joyfully running around with crepes—heck, I'd love to run around joyfully with crepes. Maybe I'll do that this weekend! : )

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  18. We were a lemon and sugar crepe household too, though more often we were a dutch baby pancake with lemon and sugar household. These look gorgeous.

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  19. I love your theme of "Noshtalgia," & your illustrations are so cute! I'll have to try making these crepes someday; they look so delicious!

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  20. Happy anniversary!! And these crepes look delicious! We had crepes a lot as kids, always with lemon and sugar. You've got me craving them now!

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  21. I am absolutely LOVING your "Noshtalgia" theme, my dear!!! And these crepes look so very yummy... having to monitor my drool over here.

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  22. Yay crepes! I haven't tried making them, but I just bought a crepe maker so I am seeing many crepes in my future.
    I love lemon and sugar with pancakes and crepes, though I have always used regular sugar rather than powdered sugar. I like the crunchiness and it isn't as sweet.

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  23. I'm so glad you found a vegan crepe recipe :)

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  24. I've always been scared of making crepes. You make me wanna get on that. Your theme is the bestest.

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  25. Happy Anniversary! I am ashamed to say that I don't believe I have ever had a crepe in my life!

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  26. What a loverly breakfast filled with crepe perfection!

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