Since first mention of crepe week I've been doing my due diligence in terms of crepe research. In late July I visited my friend Emily in Detroit where we ate lunch at Le Petit Zinc. Le Petit Zinc stands out as a little French oasis near Detroit's industrial riverfront. Pickle and sausage (salami) crepe? Genius.
The universe brought me more crepes days later at Selma Cafe where the Flint Crepe Company served up breakfast a few weeks ago. The Flint Crepe guys brought along two industrial crepe makers. I stood nearby, mouth gaping wide open and watched them effortlessly spin crepe after crepe. The choice between a savory caprese crepe with bacon or a sweet berry crepe with farm cheese was tough, sweet ultimately winning.
Still the thought of making my own crepes made me nervous. Was I really going to be able to pull off such a delicate, French staple in my own kitchen? Turns out its much easier than you (or maybe just, I) would think. Seriously. This America's Test Kitchen video will put you at ease. ATK's crepe recipe served as the foundation of crepe week, where twelve bloggers have taken their own creative spins on crepes. I nearly followed ATK's recipe to a "T" but opted to blend my batter instead of mixing by hand.
Like pancakes and first children (or is that just in my family?), the first crepe is a little weird. Past that, the possibilities are endless. If I've learned anything in my crepe research, its that crepes are the perfect vehicle for tons of sweet and savory combinations.
For my blueberry ginger crepes I boiled down one pint of blueberries, one and a half tablespoons of sugar and a teaspoon of grated ginger (with this warm blueberry sauce recipe as a guide). It was simple, sweet and spicy crepe accompaniment. Crepes were served to my packing roommates à la mode with Talenti Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip gelato.
Enough about me. Let's talk more crepes and America's Test Kitchen. ATK offered four Crepe Week bloggers the chance to give away cookbooks on their blogs this week, those blogs are bold below. Moreover, you all have thirteen more delicious crepe recipes available to you this week so eat up!
Kirsten - Tuscan Crepes
Megan – Mixed Berry Grand Marnier Crepes
Kat from Tenaciously Yours – Southwest Crepes with Cilantro Pesto
Jeanne from Inside Nana Bread’s Heat – Lemon Cream Crepe Cake for Two
Lauren from Climbing Grier Mountain – Herbed Goat Cheese Crepes
Me – Blueberry Ginger Crepes à la mode
Carrie from Bakeaholic Mama – Vermonter Crepes with Ham and Cheese
Katie from Hill Country Cook – Sweet Crepes
Monica from The Grommom – Prosciutto and Asparagus Crepes
Mads from Le Petite Pancake – Strawberry Crepes Au Lait
Allison from Decadent Philistines – Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Crepes
Anne from My Sweet Heart – Red Velvet Crepes with Mascarpone
P.S. Chocolate, peanut butter and homemade coffee ice cream rocks on crepes. It happens.