I love Valentine’s Day. I love making valentine’s day cards and baking heart shaped cookies and all the red and pink that goes along with it! It’s so fun to celebrate with my kids now – I think that they might love it as much as I do. To this day, I still get a Valentine from my dad signed, your secret admirer. So naturally, I have been thinking of something fun I can make for Valentine’s Day.
At first I thought it had to be pink – and so I focused on pink. I saw some cute pink colored crepes on Pinterest – which got me onto the crepe idea, but I didn’t know if I my girls would eat the colored crepes. Despite the love of pink – they aren’t always huge fans of colored food items (green milk for St. Patty’s Day? Nope. Green Eggs and Ham? Never. ) So, I thought I would make a basic crepe and then “pink” it up with a strawberry filling!
Considering it is the middle of winter, finding fresh, affordable, and/ or local red berries is not easy. But I was at our local food co-op and found a bag of frozen strawberries. You could use any variety of red frozen berries. The rest is history. Add a dash of chocolate – I mean, it is Valentine’s Day – and Voila…breakfast is served!
Valentine’s Day Crepes
Crepes adapted from Alton Brown, The Food Network
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1 cup flour
3 tbsp melted butter
1 cup frozen strawberries or mixed berries, defrosted
1/2 cup half and half, or heavy cream
1 tsp sugar (or more to taste)
chocolate chips or any form of chocolate that you can melt!
1. Combine all crepe ingredients in a bowl.
2. Using a blender or a stick blender – pulse ingredients about 10 times until mixed through.
3. Refrigerate crepe batter for an hour to get rid of bubbles which will sometimes make the crepes tear when flipping. I also made a batch right away with bubbles and all, and it worked perfectly. If you are making this on a school morning and won’t have time to make the batter in the morning- make the batter the night before.
4. Make your filling: combine strawberries and cream in a small bowl. Using your trusty stick blender again, mix ingredients. Taste to see if you need more sugar. Remember it doesn’t need to be too sweet.
5. Heat butter in a crepe pan or a skillet. Pour 1/3 cup of crepe batter into the pan.
6. Similar to cooking pancakes, when the crepe starts to form bubbles, flip it over.
7. Once cooked through on both sides you can add the filling. If you are making the strawberry filling. Remove the crepe onto your serving plate. Fill with 2 tablespoons or so of strawberry filling. Roll up like a tortilla, add some chocolate sauce or whipped cream if you are in the mood and enjoy.
8. If you are in the mood for something fully sweet and delightful and not at all healthy (it’s Valentine’s Day -who cares!) try a chocolate filled crepe. Once both sides are cooked through add a handful of chocolate chips to the center of the crepe. Let cook for a minute or so, just so it’s barely beginning to melt.
9. Roll up like a tortilla, allowing the chocolate to fully melt. Draw a heart with the chocolate sauce, be liberal with the whipped cream and pretend you are in Paris enjoying a true Parisian Crepe from the local crepe stand. Then when the kids start screaming or the pan starts to burn, come back to reality and remember your little day dream. And have a sweet and loving Valentine’s Day!