May 05, 2021
by Abby Morrison
Crepes are a type of French pancake. They can be eaten cold or warm; in stacks, cones, or folded; and with a wide variety of fillings ranging from fresh fruit to creams, custards, savory sauces, meats and more. Simple to make and highly adaptable, they’re a versatile option for almost any meal of the day.
And, of course, what better way to make a good thing better than by adding tea?
In this recipe, we’ll be fusing these fantastic faux-flapjacks with another winner, our Earl Grey Bravo
. Earl Grey is a black tea infused with bergamot oil, which gives it both its distinctive flavor (sometimes compared to a certain colorful cereal…) and scent. Our Earl Grey Bravo tea leans into this citrusy extravaganza by adding extra orange for a bold and zesty flavor. Bravo!
For the crepes themselves, there are nearly infinite ways to make them, with variations on the type of flour or milk used, ingredient ratios, and cook time. For ours, we started with this recipe
from Sally’s Baking Addiction, and adapted from there (full recipe below here).
To get started, you’ll want to prepare your ingredients, such as steeping and cooling your Earl Grey Bravo tea, setting out your milk and eggs, zesting and juicing your orange, and melting your butter. Note, you’ll want to let your melted butter sit for just a little bit to make sure it doesn’t accidentally cook your eggs.
Once everything is ready, you can mix all of your dry ingredients. Next, mix in your wet ingredients, stirring until smooth. One pro tip we got from Sally’s website was to use a blender for mixing. Otherwise, a whisk and good old-fashioned elbow grease will do the trick.
Once the batter is done, you’ll want to let it set up, about thirty minutes at minimum. Since there are ingredients like milk and eggs in this dish, we strongly suggest putting it in the fridge if you’re going to let it sit for longer.
When you’re ready to make your crepes, start by adding a thin layer of butter to a medium-sized skillet. You’ll want to use about a quarter of a cup of batter per crepe, though feel free to use more or less according to the size of your pan. Tilt your pan to get the batter to a nice thin thickness, then wait for the edges to crisp up before flipping. Make sure to re-butter your pan between crepes as needed.
Once your crepes are done, there are a variety of ways you can dress them. Most commonly, they’re filled with toppings like fruit, creams, jams, or chocolates. You can also stack them into a crepe cake with fillings in between each layer if you prefer. For finishing touches, we suggest toppings like syrup, chocolate, whipped cream, or powdered sugar. For ours, to match the citrusy tones of Earl Grey, we added Bavarian cream, orange whipped cream, chocolate and oranges.
Once they’re prepared the way you like, the last thing to do (besides taking a picture to share with us on social @Adagioteas, of course) is eat them. Enjoy!
Makes:12-14 crepes, depending on size
Time to make: 60 minutes, plus time for batter to set
3 tbsp unsalted butter (plus butter for greasing skillet)
1 cup flour
1 tbsp. sugar
⅛ tsp. salt
½ cup milk (room temperature)
¾ cup Earl Grey Bravo
1½ tsp. orange juice
1 tsp. orange zest
Filling and toppings of choice, such as jam, marmalade, whipped or Bavarian cream, butter, fruit, chocolate, powdered sugar, etc.
Melt the butter. Set aside to cool to avoid cooking the eggs.
Combine all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Add milk, tea, eggs, orange juice, and zest and stir until smooth.
Put crepe batter into the fridge for at least 30 minutes to rest.
Apply a thin layer of butter to a skillet at medium high heat. Spoon out ¼ cup of batter into the pan, tilting the pan to get the batter to spread. Flip when set, then remove from heat when the other side is lightly browned.
Once the crepes are complete, you can either fill them with things like fruit, cream, jam, etc., or stack them into a cake shape with filling in between the layers. Top with extra fruit, chocolate, or sugar to desired taste and enjoy!
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