So, disclaimer, I hate making crepes.
This is probably due to the fact that I'm horrible at making them. So much so that the making of these particular crepes, if it were filmed and made into a movie (omg who would do that), would be rated R. There was a lot of cursing, I'm embarrassed to admit
a bit some much crying, and a great deal of self-doubt. Crepe making has never been my thing. I love, love, love them, however...I can't make them. Truely. I've tried everything. Every tip, every trick, and I've researched them to death. It's my tragic flaw.
To make matters worse, my
best most normal looking crepes happen to be made on an actual crepe pan (that I love more than crepes themselves) that my grandmother gave me. It's the one that she used to use. My Grandma is my idol and so anything that has influenced her life, I of course, must have so I can be just like her. However, brace yourself, said crepe pan was misplaced several years ago during a move. And that's the story of how the light in my soul went dark with the loss of a very dear pan and one quick *pouf*. My lost, beloved, Grandmother's crepe pan.
Anyways, for some reason or another I was feeling pretty full of myself Sunday morning when I decided to make these crepes. I had just bought a ton of bananas and wasn't really sure what to do with them all. In fact, I was going to make a savory crepe when there those bananas were, just staring me in the face. Unfortunately, we only had whisky on hand as opposed to rum. But really, who cares. Whisky worked like a dream.
Since I'm terribly honest and would never try to deceive you...my crepes (even the above) looked like they were made by a T-Rex. Seriously. These crepes you see in the photographs? These were my were my All Stars. They were the Lebron James (sorry, Honey) of my crepes. If you're even remotely decent at making crepes, good for you, you've been blessed by some higher power. If you're a lowly, ordinary
human being crepe maker like me, I've got a tip. When you put the batter in the pan, only roll the pan slightly. You'll have somewhat of a thicker crepe, but it'll be okay. Then, don't flip it. I know, it's heresy! Just don't. It'll be fine, let it cook for a minute longer then slip it out of the pan in (mostly) one piece. Voila!
I cannot explain to you how good these crepes were. Bananas bathed in a salted vanilla caramel sauce and tucked into fresh, buttery crepes. This dish is perfect for a decadent breakfast or a snazzy dessert! You'll have to try them for yourself.
Bananas Foster Crepes
- 1 cup soy milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup vegan butter, chilled
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- pinch of kosher salt
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. vegan butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 large pinches of salt
- grating of nutmeg
- 2 ripe bananas, sliced
- 2 Tbsp. rum or whiskey
- cinnamon (for sprinkling)
- powdered sugar (for sprinkling)
Notes: If you want a super hefty amount of filling in your crepes, then go ahead and double the filling recipe. I don't judge.
To make the crepe batter, place all the crepe ingredients into a blender. Blend on high for a few minutes, until the butter is well incorporated. Cover and place in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes.
When there's about 5 minutes left for the batter to chill, make the filling by melting the butter and the sugar together in a medium frying pan over low heat.
After a few minutes, once the sugars are caramelized add the vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Stir well to combine, then add the sliced bananas. Saute another few minutes, until the bananas are just a bit soft.
Remove from heat and stir in the rum. Return to a low heat and allow the alcohol vapors to cook off for about 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to use.
Coat a small frying pan with a nonstick cooking spray. Bring to heat over medium flame.
Add 1/4 cup of the chilled crepe batter the pan. Tilt the pan slightly to widen the circle of the crepe. Allow to cook for about 1-2 minutes, until browned and somewhat crispy on the bottom. If you're feeling skillful, flip the crepe. If not, that's okay. Let it cook until the top is set then gently release the sides of the crepe with a spatula and slide it out of the pan. Stack the crepes on a plate.
Place about 1-2 Tbsp. of the filling to one crepe and repeat with remaining crepes.
Serve hot with a sprinkle of cinnamon and powdered sugar.
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