This morning I woke up craving pancakes. I pulled up Safari on my iPhone and began browsing recipes. Biggest problem? I didn’t have any buttermilk, which is a requirement in nearly all pancake recipes. Not really wanting to make my own (you know…the lemon + milk + 15 minutes = buttermilk trick), I decided on, a ha! Crepes.
I don’t make crepes very often, although I’m not sure why. They’re super easy and can basically be whipped up in a blender in a matter of minutes. Plus, I’m a Nutella addict (hence the CostCo-sized jar in the photo below), so any food item that can be stuffed with Nutella is a win in my book. And besides, haven’t we all learned from the commercials that Nutella is part of a balanced breakfast? OK then, let’s get to it, shall we?
Nutella Banana Crepes (makes about 8 crepes — serves about 3 or 4)
Adapted from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything
What you need:
- 1 cup AP flour
- 1 to 1½ cups milk
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
- Pinch of salt
- 1-2 bananas
- Nutella (not even going to measure here — use as much as you like!)
How to do it:
- Melt butter in a medium skillet with shallow sides (the one I used was about 10 inches in diameter). Set aside and let cool.
- In a blender (this is how I do it, although you could do it by hand if you wanted to), add all the ingredients (including melted butter) and blend until frothy. The batter should be runny. If it looks too thick, add a touch more milk and blend again.
For the crepes themselves:
- Use the same skillet you used to melt the butter to make the crepes. Heat over medium to medium high heat.
- Here’s where you have to be fast. Add about 1/4 cup of batter to the skillet and immediately swirl to fill the entire surface area of the pan. It will begin to cook immediately, so keep an eye on it. Once the edges turn slightly brown and crispy and the center looks cooked (which takes about a minute), they’re ready to flip. Cook for another minute or so on the other side. That’s it! Complete the process until all batter is used — makes about 8 crepes depending on the size of your skillet.
- Fill with Nutella and sliced bananas. I like folding my crepes in quarters, but you can also just fold them in half or roll them up.
Oh, if you don’t like bananas and/or Nutella (what?!), feel free to swap in your favorite fillings like jam and sweetened cream cheese. Or, go the savory route and try ham and gruyere. Have any other favorite crepe fillings? Let me know in the comments box below!