A chunky compote of rhubarb and blackberries makes a great sweet-tart topping for buttery crepes. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an easy dessert.
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According to Keller, this is the easiest recipe in the Bouchon Bakery Cookbook. It's also one of the most fun. Toasty vanilla crepes sandwich layer upon layer of thick, orange-zested pastry cream.
Thin, golden, buttery crepes are over-the-top delicious when topped with a pool of homemade caramel sauce.
One thing I've never understood: cummerbunds. Another thing I've never understood: pancake mix. As you can see, I thought I easily had my plate full with life's mysteries. Then during a routine purchase of one slotted spoon at Crate and Barrel, I spotted a canister of The Barefoot Contessa's French Crepe Mix, and everything unraveled again.
I love making crepes—the accomplishment of flipping (without ripping) them brings me great satisfaction. Once you get the hang of the technique, I'm sure you'll agree. These incorporate cocoa powder (I recommend Valrhona brand) into the crepe itself; the crepes are then rolled with blackberries and a mascarpone filling.
I was doing it before it was cool. (It's fine, I bet you were too.) Now that plenty of scientific evidence has proved that chocolate can provide some health benefits—in moderation, of course—that doesn't seem like such a big deal. But what about chocolate for breakfast? Sure, the Spanish and French aristocracy used to drink it all the time, but a mocha in the morning isn't quite enough for me. Here are some ways you can feed that craving before noon and not feel like a total freak. I promise—you're not alone.