Sweet Crepes with Caramelized Pears

Ingredients:

  • Crepes
    • 1 cup milk
    • ¼ cup water
    • 2 eggs
    • 4 tablespoons butter (melted, plus more for the pan)
    • ¾ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Filling and Finishing
    • 1½ cups mascarpone cheese
    • ¼ cup heavy cream
    • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar (plus more for garnish)
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 2 pears (halved, cored and thinly sliced)
    • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
    • Pinch of cinnamon
    • 1 pint blackberries
    • Honey (for garnish)

Directions

In a large bowl, whisk the milk with the water, eggs, butter and vanilla extract to combine. Add the flour and cinnamon, and mix to combine. If the mixture looks lumpy, strain it to remove the lumps. (If making ahead, the batter can now be stored, refrigerated, for up to two days.)

Brush a medium nonstick skillet or crepe pan with about 1 teaspoon melted butter and heat over medium-high heat.

When the pan is hot, use a small ladle or ½ cup measuring cup to pour batter into the pan; pour in a circular motion to cover the whole base of the pan. (You can also lift the pan off the burner and swirl the batter around the base to spread it evenly.)

Cook the crepe until the edge looks lacy and golden, 2-3 minutes. Use a rubber spatula to loosen the crepe around the edge, then vigorously shake the pan back and forth to loosen the entire crepe from the base of the pan.

Use the spatula to carefully flip the crepe and cook for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute on the other side, or until lightly golden. Transfer the crepe to a plate and top with a piece of parchment or waxed paper. Repeat steps 2-4 until all the batter has been used.

In a small bowl, whisk the mascarpone with the cream and confectioners’ sugar to combine. Set aside.

In a large sauté pan, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the pear slices, brown sugar and cinnamon; cook, tossing occasionally, until the pears are golden and soft, 4-5 minutes.

To serve, place 2 tablespoons mascarpone cream, 3 tablespoons pear mixture and a few fresh blackberries in the center of each crepe. Then fold the crepe into quarters and set on a plate.

Finish with a sprinkle of confectioners’ sugar and/or a drizzle of honey.

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