Monday, June 27, 2011

"I will let you go, Ricky. But first, I want you to say...”I... love... crepes"

Prior to today, I was under the impression that anything you can buy on the side of the street you can make easily in your kitchen. Boy! Was I wrong or what? Honestly, if I can buy a hot dog, taco, or pretzel out of a truck... it can't be too difficult to recreate. Considering I bought a crepe from a truck in Paris, France and ate my delicious treat on the street. (that was a fun rhyme!) I figured I could make this snack at home.
Spoiler alert! I was unsuccessful.
Crazy eyes munching on a carmel crepe in '08

Searching for Quasimoto. I did not find him. 

Using inspiration from a recent trip to iHop, Sunday's episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey, and my love of Nutella I embarked on this unforgettable journey.

Whoa whoa whoa, let me back up. Have you had Nutella? If you haven't, stop what you are doing right now and go get some! It's absolutely fantastic. It's not chocolate, it's not vanilla, it's not peanut butter... it's HAZELNUT! My obsession started in London town with my Flat 6 roomies. We liked to put Nutella on everything. Please, you're breaking Nutella's heart. Go get some already!

Using the guidance from All Things Considered blog, I started tackling these crepes. I began mixing the ingredients and things began going smoothly.  I was concerned that the batter was rather juicy, but I thought.."hey! it's a really thin pancake so the batter must be like this..."

As you can see in my picture, I have these neat canisters that hold my sugar, flour, and powdered sugar. At the time, I didn't think anything of it. I just began scooping a white powdery substance into my mixing bowl thinking it was FLOUR. Hours later, I realized it was powdered sugar. No wonder things were not working and my creation looked like this.... TWICE. I even made the batter AGAIN using a different recipe! I made the same mistake twice in a row. Somewhere, Martha Stewart is shaking her head.
I made a big 'ol mess

The ugliest crepe ever made

I could not figure out what was going wrong. I consulted several sites giving me the same recipe. Finally, I gave up on the homemade approach. I was NOT going to give up on my precious Nutella.

I grabbed some tortillas from the fridge and buttered them up. I sprinkled cinnamon and sugar on them and tossed them in the frying pan. After a minute or so I poured Nutella in the middle. (It wasn't this glamorous. My description of this experience is far more exciting) The end product was a delicious Nutella treat. I dare you to try it! C'mon, make Nutella proud!

It's not a burrito.. it's a tortilla filled with Nutella!
After this catastrophe, I needed to experience some success. I had brought a little of France into my apartment (at least I think so...) and next Italy was coming for a visit!

Ever since our family vacation to Italy, my dad has me hooked on caprese salads. It's true! I love the tomato, mozz, and vinaigrette dressing.

gotta love him!

Let Birds Fly has a super simple and yummy recipe for an Apple Caprese Salad. After 2+ hours messing with crepes, I experienced instant gratification with this recipe.

You're probably wondering where the basil leaves are. I am too! I couldn't find them at Hyvee.... can somebody help a sister out? They were M.I.A.

If you're a fan of caprese salad... you'll definitely enjoy this one.

Let Birds Fly photo
As you can imagine, I have quite the mess waiting for me in my kitchen. As Ricky Bobby would say (if you've seen the movie... you'll understand the crepe connection).

Shake and Bake!


  1. I give it to you for attempting to make crepes. You are very brave!!

  2. I have a crepe recipe would you like it??

    I use them for savory crepes and adjust the recipe by adding some sugar to make sweet crepes.

    Hannah Boyer- SYOSP student


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