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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Red Velvet Crêpes


I'm in love with red velvet cake so when I came across this red velvet crepe recipe from Duhlicious I added it it my must try list, so for breakfast this morning my boyfriend and I set out to try red velvet crepes.  

                                     

Ingredients:


Crepes:
– 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 cups butter milk
- 1 1/4 cup whole or lowfat milk
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
- 1 tablespoon red food color gel
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
+ 2 tablespoons cooking oil (for pan) properties.

Mascarpone Cream Filling
- 500 mL heavy cream
- 300 gr mascarpone cheese
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Ganache Topping
- 75 gr bittersweet chocolate
- 75 mL heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon sugar

You know I have a distaste for expensive ingredients and since I bought marscapone I wasn't going to buy buttermilk. A little less than a cup of regular milk + 1 tablespoon of white vinegar will make a cup of "buttermilk". Just let it sit for at least five minutes. The buttemilk is a necessary ingredient so make sure to use that as well as the baking powder and soda...both are needed.
                                   

Mix the marscapone and 1/4 of a cup of powdered sugar.

In a separate bowl whip the cream and 1/4 of a cup of powdered sugar into stiff peaks.

Fold into the marscapone. Set aside until needed.


Mix dry ingredients. 

Add wet ingredients and food coloring. 

Batter should be thick and runny like soup, there shouldn't be lumps.

Filling and batter.


Ladle approximately 1/4 of a cup of batter into a greased skillet.  

Remove from heat and roll the batter over the bottom of the pan.

Until covered. 

Cook the crepes until the batter is no longer shiny, the original recipe recommends flipping the crepes, but after three failed attempts I decided to use less batter for thinner crepes. Once the crepe looked cooked on one side I flipped it onto a plate and separated the finished crepes with paper towels.


Towards the end of the batter boil the remaining cream with a little sugar, add the chocolate to the boiling liquid to make a sauce.


Once the crepes are finished add some chocolate sauce.

Add marscapone filling.

Filling the crepes. 
Roll and add some chocolate sauce on top.

Eat.
The worst part of this recipe was all of the dishes.

So many dishes. 

Overall this recipe took a lot of ingredients and was time consuming to make. It took three or four attempts to get a decent looking crepe and it was really hit or miss after that to get a good crepe that wouldn't fall apart when flipped. If you're confident with crepe making then this would be a good recipe, I personally won't be making it again due to the level of difficulty.

I thought the flavor of the crepes was good...my boyfriend on the other hand hated them. For all of the ingredients, the time and the level of difficulty I won't be adding this to my recipe collection. I so desperately wanted this recipe to work because this would be perfect for a Valentine's Day breakfast or brunch, but I just couldn't get it right. If anyone has suggestions, let me know!

Check back on Tuesday for some new recipes! Providing there's no rain I'll be grilling :)

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