Today we are going to France. Together with Italy, France is the other country with the biggest variety in terms of food, and I am not just talking about cheese, crepes, or baguette which is probably what many people have in mind when they think about the French cuisine. In fact, French cuisine is world known for its finesse, taste, elegance, quality, attention for details, and endless creativity. Needless to say that the French cuisine inspired many chefs around the world, and over time it has created culinary trends that never go “out of fashion” (please, pass me the term). Alain Ducasse and Joel Robuchon are only two of the most famous and great French chefs known world wide.
Today, I want to propose French crepes with mixed berries. This is not a very complicated recipe, but you have to be careful to use all the ingredients and use a non-stick pan. Here is what you need:
Mixed berries 200g (I used frozen ones, but if you have fresh ones available use those)
Unsalted butter 20g
Sugar, about 2 table spoons
Milk 250ml (I used the non fat, but you can use the one you prefer)
A pinch of salt
Place the berries in a non stick pan and add some sugar to your taste. Leave on medium fire for about 20 min stirring every once in a while. Let reduce. I personally prefer it ticker than more liquid, but the density is totally up to you.
In the meantime, take a large bowl and add the sifted flour and gradually the milk. Mix with the help of a whisk to avoid the formation of lumps. Once done, add the eggs and mix everything till you have an homogeneous mix. Add the pinch of salt and the butter. You should obtain a liquid mix but not too liquid. Now, place the mix in the fridge for about 20 min after you cover it with a cotton cloth or aluminum. At this point, the berries should be ready. Remove the pan from the fire and let it cool down.
For the crepes: take a non stick pan and once it is hot enough (you can simply sprinkle some water on the pan and if it “fries” it means that the pan is ready) you can put some of the mix you prepared. Remember, the crepe should not be ticker than 1 – 1.5mm, crepes are not pancakes! This mix is going to cook pretty quickly, so once you have put the mix in the pan, quickly rotate the pan so the mix can take a round shape. You DO NOT need any butter or oil on the pan because the mix already contains butter and it will not stick. With the help of a spatula, lift the crepe and when you see it becomes golden, you can flip it.
Once cooked, simply put it on a place and add the berries. You can decorate it as you like, I just used some icing sugar. Enjoy this fantastic and easy French dish!