Ricotta raisin crepes

September 9, 2006 yuki

Saturday is usually the day when I suddenly discover that all my food is going bad, which means that the kitchen gets quite busy. Well, this time, my ricotta cheese is going past its expiration date soon, and I’ve been wanting to try out the ricotta raisin crepe recipe I’ve found on Cook’s Illustrated, so here we go! :3

I love the concept of crepes, of wrapping yummy fillings with a thin pancake… but I’m actually not too crazy about the taste of the crepes themselves. Pancakes in general are just a-okay for me. As for waffles, now THAT’S different…

09-09-06 - Raisin ricotta crepes

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Raisin Ricotta crepes
from Cooks Illustrated. Makes 16 6-7 inch crepes.

Crepes
2 large eggs
1 C milk
6 tbsp water
1 C all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp melted butter

Filling
2 C ricotta cheese
4 oz cream cheese (I omitted this)
1 large egg 1/2 C sugar (2 tbsp reserved)
2 tbsp lemon zest (3 lemons – I used lemon + lime + their juice)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 C raisins
3 tbsp melted butter (I omitted this as well)

Crepes: Whisk all ingredients together and sift the batter, or put in a blender and blend until smooth. Let the batter rest for at least 2 hours for the gluten to relax for tender crepes. Pour 2-3 tbsp batter on a 6-7 inch skillet, twirl to spread batter, and cook on medium-high heat on both sides until spotty brown.

Filling: Mix all ingredients except melted butter and reserved sugar.

To assemble: Spoon 3 tbsp filling on each crepe, fold, and brush melted butter and sprinkle sugar on top. Cover with foil and bake on 475F for 15min or until heated.

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Half the recipe gave me 6 crepes and way too much filling. My crepes were so full that the cheese oozed all away! T_T These crepes taste pretty good themselves, and the ricotta filling is fairly light, but 6-7 inch is pretty small for the 200 calories they take (crepe and filling). Since it’s all creamy, they’re not very filling – I think they’re better off as a snack than a brunch! Anyhow, I’ll definitely keep the recipe for the crepes and experiment with other fillings…

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