Monday, May 21, 2007

perfect Spring dessert.

I promise I eat more than dessert. But I can't get enough of fresh and light on the menu lately. Anything sweet makes a recipe especially appealing! I haven't tried this one yet..but Williams Sonoma only produces the best of the best and I hold full faith that it's amazing.

Raspberry Crepes with Vanilla Ice Cream:

In place of the raspberries, you can use strawberries, boysenberries, blackberries or other fruits, such as sliced peaches or pears. For an elegant presentation, drizzle the filled crepes with a thin stream of melted chocolate.


For the filling:

2 pints raspberries
1/4 cup sugar

For the crepes:
4 eggs
1 3/4 cups milk, plus more as needed
1 Tbs. light rum
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 to 2 Tbs. unsalted butter, plus more as needed

1 pint vanilla ice cream
8 to 10 fresh mint sprigs


To make the filling, place all but 8 to 10 of the raspberries in a bowl and sprinkle with the sugar. Stir gently to coat, then let stand for 15 minutes.

To make the crepes, in a bowl, whisk together the eggs, the 1 3/4 cups milk and the rum until blended. Gradually whisk in the flour, sugar and salt to form a thin, lump-free batter. If there are still lumps, strain the batter through a sieve lined with several layers of cheesecloth. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. If the batter seems too thick (it should be the consistency of thick cream), thin it by whisking in a little milk.

Place a 9 to 10-inch nonstick crepe pan or fry pan over medium-high heat. Flick a drop or two of water into the pan; if it sizzles and spatters, the pan is ready. Drop in 1 tsp. of the butter. When it melts, tip the pan from side to side to coat the bottom. Pour a scant 1/4 cup batter into the pan, quickly tipping and rotating the pan to coat the bottom evenly. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface, and the crepe begins to dry at the edges and pull away from the pan, about 1 minute. Using a wide nylon spatula, flip the crepe and cook 30 to 40 seconds more. Transfer to a plate and keep warm. Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more butter to the pan as needed. You should have 16 to 20 crepes.

To serve, place several spoonfuls of the berries in the middle of a crepe and roll it up. Repeat until all the crepes are filled. Arrange 2 crepes on each plate. Place a scoop of ice cream alongside each pair of crepes, and top the ice cream with a reserved berry and a mint sprig. Serve immediately. Serves 8 to 10.

For some fun facts all about berries, look here.

{recipe and photo courtesy of Williams-Sonoma}


  1. That looks delish and pretty simple to make. I'll have to try it soon (with raspberries).

  2. I LOVE crepes. My favorite breakfast, dessert or dinner.

    I bet you can substitute the rum with vanilla (I don't keep rum around very often).

    Looks delicious.

  3. I love crepes and sometimes even make them for dinner and then extra for dessert. Have you ever been to European Crepe Connection? They use to have one in Provo and still might in SLC.

    For a dinner crepe I love to use ham, scrambled eggs, green onions,mushrooms and cheese. For dessert peaches, powdered sugar and if I have some a little caramel on top! They are so simple.

    You're making me hungry!

  4. For some reason I've always considered 'crepes' a hard meal to they wouldn't turn out for me. But, this recipe looks doable and everyone's comments give me hope!

    Great idea on making dinner meals using crepes too Kelly.


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