Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Yeah ... it's Mardi Gras. So what.

You all know I'm not a big fan of Mardi Gras. I've posted about it before. Let's not re-hash it here.

The best thing about the "holiday" is, of course, the king cake, of which I have partaken in a few times.

Kudos to Ninja Princess for merging North and South in baking and serving homemade king cake, even though it wasn't the prettiest thing you've ever seen. Check it our here.

But, let's get to the important stuff now.

Beau made these for me yesterday morning.

Mixed Berry Crepes ... OH. MY.
You must make them. They're even low-calorie and low-fat. I KNOW. The recipe came from Cooking Light. Here you go. Sometimes I think I just need to start a cooking blog too with all these recipes and posts about food. Geez.

Here's the "real" picture. Maybe this will entice you more to try them.

Make-Ahead Crepes

Yield: 24 crepes) (serving size: 2 crepes)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (about 9 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 4 large eggs
  • Cooking spray

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and salt in a medium bowl. Place milk, 1 cup water, butter, and eggs in a blender; process until combined. Add flour mixture to blender; process until smooth. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.

Heat a 10-inch crepe pan or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan lightly with cooking spray. Remove pan from heat. Pour a scant 1/4 cup batter into pan; quickly tilt pan in all directions so batter covers pan with a thin film. Cook about 1 minute.

Carefully lift edge of crepe with a spatula to test for doneness. The crepe is ready to turn when it can be shaken loose from the pan and the underside is lightly browned. Turn crepe over; cook 30 seconds on other side.

Place crepe on a towel; cool completely. Repeat procedure with cooking spray and remaining batter, stirring batter between crepes. Stack crepes between single layers of wax paper or paper towels to prevent sticking.

Mixed Berry Filling & Topping

Yield: 12 servings (serving size: 1 filled crepe)

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawed
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen unsweetened blueberries, thawed
  • 1 cup sliced frozen unsweetened strawberries, thawed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 12 make-ahead crepes
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar (optional)

Combine first 5 ingredients in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in juice. Cool.

Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons cream cheese over each Make-Ahead Crepe, and top each with about 2 1/2 tablespoons berry mixture; roll up. Top each crepe with about 2 tablespoons berry mixture. Sift powdered sugar evenly over crepes just before serving, if desired.

I promise you won't be disappointed.

Now, onto more business.

Trish from Pink Preppy Lilly Lover gave me this award. Isn't it sweet? Thanks, Trish. You're a doll.

I got this award too, but ... uh ... it was given about six months ago and has been just sitting on my desktop because I couldn't remember or find who had given it to me. So, it you're the one that gave it to me ... Thank you! And, make yourself known.

Oh, yeah ... Enjoy your Mardi Gras or just stay inside and avoid the crowds like me. Whatever.


Rachelle said...

Crepes look oh so yummy...

RachelQ said...

I think your picture looks yummier! kudos to Beau for making them. I will have to try to make them.. I know that J and I would love them.

We have snow today..so happy snow day, except J has to go to school..boo!!

Lois Lane II said...

I'm finishing off the king cake today...I'm positive I've eaten about 3/4 of it..... ;)

Katie@The Baby Factory said...

Those look soooooo yummy....and based on my "records"...I gave you that award, I do believe :) No worries! I'm the same way....I've got one sitting in my queue, as well....

Rachel @ Future Pastor's Wife said...

I'm totally staying inside. My baby is sick, and even if she wasn't you couldn't PAY me enough to get out in these crowds.

Donnetta said...

Yum - crepes AND king cake - what's a girl to do!

Queen Mother said...

I may have to stop reading your post if you insist on "sabotaging" whatever good behavior I am attempting. However, if you say they are healthy, then bring 'em on!

Your distaste for Mardi Gras sounds like mine for gameday weekends here in T-town. I just want to get to where I'm going, crowds please go home. Thankyouverymuch!

thedomesticfringe said...

These look amazing! I heart crepes.


Cathy said...

The crepes look awesome! Congrats on your awards.

The Sneaky Mommy said...

Oh my! Crepes are my favorite! So glad I stumbled on to your blog for this post! For the record, I think yours looks much more delicious than the skinny ones. Give me the fruit! Awesome! :)

Amy@My Front Porch said...

I actually think your picture of the crepes looks better than the "real" picture. So yummy! I might have to make those...or see if I can get my hubby to make them for me :)

Trish said...

I totally need some of Beau's mixed berry crepes STAT. Hope you enjoyed your Mardi Gras @ home :) And you are most welcome for the award - love reading your blog! Happy weekend to you xoxo