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|“Crepes Meredith” • April 1, 2006|
Yes — it’s Crepes Meredith!! And Don't Forget!!
I don’t want to get any tacky e-mails from a bunch of smarty pants saying that Crepes Meredith sure seems a lot like Crepes Suzette. Any resemblance is STRICTLY COINCIDENTAL!! It’s Crepes Meredith — and don’t forget it, Buster!! Besides, I’m almost sure that Suzette wasn’t a blond. SO — all of you smarty pants, and Suzette, too, can all just put a sock in it!! It’s Crepes Meredith!!!!
Now that we’ve nipped that issue in the bud, we can get down to the business of making divine Crepes Meredith!
This is another fancy flaming dessert that will wow folks with the taste and with the drama. (Particularly if you mess up and set something like yourself on fire! Very high drama indeed!!)
We’re gonna start off with a basic recipe for Crepes Meredith, (did I hear somebody say “Suzette” again? Toss him out the door!!) but as you will see, you can do several gazillion different variations!! This is your chance to let your imagination and taste buds go totally wild — and of course, wicked!!!
We’re gonna make the Crepes part first, (those are the flat little pancake thingies.) You can make these up ahead, (and you can probably buy some ready made ones, too. But make your own fresh ones!) You can also buy “crepes mix” but this is so easy that you can make it from scratch just as quick.
This recipe will make a dozen or more so you may need to scale up or scale down depending upon who, (or what — GUYS!) you are feeding! You’ll need:
1 1/2 cups of whole milk
1 cup of all-purpose flour
2 tablespoon sugar
Dump everything in a bowl and mix it up with a mixer. It won’t take long. Use a 6 inch diameter skillet and either lightly grease it or use some of the spray on cooking spray stuff. If you use the “spray on,” be careful that you’ve got an unflavored one! I accidentally got the one with the garlic flavored spray once while making these — the results were “disappointing.” (Actually, Fauntleroy, my pet dragon thought they were great — dragons love garlic!!)
Heat the skillet up on your range burner, then lift it off the heat, spoon in 2 tablespoons of the batter. Tilt and turn the skillet to completely coat the skillet bottom with batter — be quick!
Put the pan back on the fire and brown just one side of the soon to be crepe. Until you get the hang of how much time it takes, you can cheat by using a spatula to lift up an edge for a little peek! Also, like pancakes, they are about ready when the top surface you can see gets done. These are gonna be very thin, so they will cook quickly!
When the first one is ready, turn the skillet upside down over a paper towel covered plate and the crepe should plop down. And if it doesn’t, you can encourage it a little with a spatula, and adjust you cooking time a little for the next one.
After the first one is done, check the grease situation on the bottom of your skillet and add more if it’s become dry. Then just repeat the process by heating up the empty skillet again. If you are making a lot of crepes for a mob of people, (or one guy,) this can become a very repetitive process. It’s probably wise to recruit some male help! Once he is properly trained, (yes, they are trainable,) you can tend to your nails or inventorying one of your chocolate stashes while he “crepes” away!!
When you, (or your male,) have made sufficient crepes, it’s time to turn the humdrum skinny pancakes into [cue the trumpets] Crepes Meredith!!!
This is basically the same process we used on Bananas Foster except that we’ve replaced the bananas with crepes. (And by the way, that’s a suggestion for one super yummy variation on the basic recipe!! That is, make Bananas Foster but use the crepes instead of bananas. Serve like crepes, or spoon them over Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream!! By the way, I’m not getting paid by Blue Bell for singing their praises. However, I sure wouldn’t turn down some free samples!!! I’d be ashamed for anyone to know how big of bite Blue Bell takes out of my budget!!)
We’re gonna do the basic recipe with an orange flavor. So, you’re gonna need:
1/2 cup of butter
1/2 cup orange juice
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup orange liqueur
1/4 cup brandy
1 fireplace match or wood splint
Start by getting the crepes ready. Fold them over in half, then fold that in half again so they make little quarter circle wedges. (This is a good male activity!)
In the same kind of skillet we used for Bananas Foster and Cherries Jubilee, dump in the butter, orange juice, sugar, and orange liqueur. Cook and stir this like we did for the Cherries Jubilee until it is thick and bubbly. Arrange a layer of crepes in the sauce. They can overlap a little. You’ll typically have room for about 8 wedges for each batch. Simmer them in the sauce for about five minutes while spooning the sauce over them. (Another excellent male activity.)
Pour the brandy into a metal ladle and rest the bottom in the sauce. When the brandy is almost simmering, lift it up and light it with the fireplace match like we did for Cherries Jubilee. Pour the burning brandy over the crepes and sauce!
Once the brandy has burned out, use a large serving spoon and deal out one or two Crepes Meredith’s to a plate. Yum-Yum-Yum!!!! Super delicious and super decadent!!
OK — let’s talk about variations. First, you can substitute other juices for the orange juice. Pick your favorite and give it a whirl. You can also use canned fruits like peaches, pineapples, etc. Chop up the fruit into tiny bits and add it and the juice from the can. We’ve tried at least a half dozen different types and they were all yummy!
You can also try replacing the sugar with light brown sugar to give it a caramel flavor. Also try replacing the brandy with rum.
AND — remember how we folded the crepes over twice? Well — when we fold them over they make nice little pockets to put things in! Try very thin apple slices folded inside with cinnamon, use apple juice, and flame with Apple Jack!! Try spooning some of your favorite jam, jelly, or fruit preserves inside, then pick a matching, (or contrasting,) juice for the sauce!!
And then you can get REALLY crazy!! Take a look at the Chez Meredith Banana Pudding recipe. Make just the vanilla pudding part in a double boiler — about a half to third portion — and when it gets ready, dump in the crepes, let them get heated up while you spoon the pudding over them, then flame with brandy!! Take a look at the Chez Meredith Killer Chocolate Pie recipe. Again, make up a small portion of the chocolate filling, dump in the crepes, and flame with brandy!!! Or just melt up some Merezilla’s Magic Mud Fudge and dump the crepes in to cook, then flame!!! WOO-HOO!! The possibilities are ENDLESS!!
And you can serve the Crepes Meredith as is, or spoon them around a big scoop of ice cream!!! Try vanilla ice cream with Merezilla’s fudge and try chocolate ice cream with the vanilla pudding!!
And don’t forget just spicing up the inside of the crepes with cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.!!!
As you can see, there are an astronomical number of different wicked, wicked ways to serve up Crepes Meredith!
And that’s why it’s Crepes Meredith and not Crepes Susie, (or whatever that chick’s name was!!!)
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