I made some crêpes last weekend to participate in Bake Along #14, hosted by Lena from Her Frozen Wings, Joyce from The Cooking Gallery/Kitchen Flavours and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids. I really liked participating in Bake Along and Aspiring Bakers, because they really motivate me to bake more and try out new recipes! Such bake-alongs really help me in managing my time better (planning ahead what I want to bake, getting the ingredients ready ahead of time, and squeezing out some time here and there to try out new recipes).
I have never tried making crêpes, because it seems so tedious and I don't a huge frying pan to cook the crêpes. And they are not breakfast food like pancakes. However, deep down I know they are just mere excuses... heh. But when this Bake Along came along, I thought, why not I just try it out? And then, as anyone would say, the rest is is history.
These crêpes tasted bittersweet and boozy - bitter from the dark chocolate, sweet from the bananas and boozy from the rum! I still don't have a huge frying pan, so the crêpes are a bit small, but what the heck! I'm just gonna do it my way... heh.
Cast of ingredients: Crêpe batter (consisting of flour, milk, egg and salt), brown sugar, rum, chopped dark chocolate, banana and butter (for frying)
The bananas were cooked in brown sugar and rum first - they were so sweet and so rum-my that I kept eating them! I'm definitely making them again to serve with ice cream in the future! (:
Preparing the crêpes...
Lots of dark chocolate in here... yum!
... And fold again!
Cook in more brown sugar and rum sauce and they are so boozy, sweet and chocolatey!
Yum yum! Happy cooking! (:
Chocolate and Banana Crêpes with Boozy Sauce (serves 4-5)
adapted from Good Housekeeping - Chocolate
100 grams plain flour, sifted
Pinch of salt
1 medium egg, at room temperature
300 ml full-cream milk, at room temperature
Butter for frying the crêpes
Banana and chocolate filling:
20 grams salted butter
1 tablespoon light muscovado sugar / brown sugar
2 medium bananas, sliced
60 ml brandy / rum
50 grams plain, dark chocolate with 70% cocoa solids, roughly chopped
100 grams unsalted butter
100 grams light muscovado sugar / brown sugar
60 ml brandy / rum
Icing sugar to serve
Making the crêpe batter:
Place the sifted flour, salt, egg and milk in a food processor. Process until the mixture is smooth. Transfer into a jug / bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Banana and chocolate filling:
Melt the salted butter and the 1 tablespoon sugar in a frying pan over medium heat. Add in the sliced bananas and let them cook gently for 3 minutes, turning the bananas frequently.
Lower the heat to low. Add in the brandy / rum and be careful not to let the alcohol ignite in the pan. Let the bananas and alcohol simmer for 2 minutes. The bananas will be soft and the liquid will be syrupy. Remove the frying pan from heat and set it aside.
Cooking the crêpes:
Melt a little butter in a frying pan. For a 7-inch frying pan, pour 60 ml of the batter into the frying pan. For a 9-inch frying pan, pour 100 ml of the batter into the frying pan.
Tilt the frying pan around so the batter coats the base. Cook for 2 minutes over medium to low heat until golden brown underneath.
Using a palette knife (using tongs may break the crêpe, so a palette knife works best here), slide it underneath the crêpe to loosen it. Turn it over and cook for an additional 1 minute.
Transfer the crêpe to a plate, and cover with a piece of greaseproof paper. Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more butter if necessary and stack the crêpes up, with a piece of greaseproof paper in between each crêpe.
If using a 7-inch frying pan, it will yield about 8 to 10 crêpes.
Making the boozy sauce and assembly:Divide the bananas and chopped chocolate among the crêpes. Fold the crêpes into quarters.
Melt the 100 grams butter and 100 grams sugar in a frying pan over medium heat. Lower the heat to low and add in the brandy / rum and be careful not to let the alcohol ignite in the pan. Stir the mixture.
Slide the folded crêpes into the frying pan. Cook for 1 minute. Turn the crêpes over and cook for another 1 minute to melt the chocolate. Transfer the crêpes onto serving plates. Drizzle with extra sauce and dust with icing sugar. Serve immediately.
- Instead of using chopped chocolate, place a tablespoon of good-quality chocolate spread (e.g. Nutella) in the crêpe.
- Omit the boozy sauce. Keep the crêpes warm while cooking them. Fill the warm crêpes with the cooked bananas and melted chocolate / Nutella. Dust with icing sugar and serve.
- Serve the crêpes with a scoop of your favourite ice cream.
- Replace the bananas with pineapples.
I love banana crepes! Your version is so inviting and looks so delicious! The boozy sauce makes it even better!
This looks like my dream come true. I'll be right over!
Ｔｈａｎｋ ｙｏｕ Alice! (: Hope you'll like it!
wow! i'm salivating looking at your pics and i just had my dinner! 🙂
will definitely try this, thks for sharing 🙂
Joyce (Kitchen flavours): Thank you! I hope I'll be able to join too! Have a great week + weekend ahead! (:
kitchen flavours says
Your crepe spells deliciousness! Love the addition of rum! I think I'll be licking the sauce off the plate! Thank you for joining our Bake-Along! Hope you can join in the next one as well! Have a lovely day!
Zoe: Thank you Zoe! I love the boozy sauce too!
Lena: Thank you Lena! It's a really rich pancake, all the chocolate and rum... (: Thanks for hosting such a wonderful bake along! Hope I'll be able to join more in the future! (:
Janine: Thanks Janine! I'm an alcoholic (haha) - I love adding Baileys and rum into my cakes and cookies... d:
Anncoo: Thank you Ann! A hot coffee will definitely offset the sweetness of these crepes - perfect tea-time combination! (:
Bobbi: Thank you Bobbi! I'll try it with Nutella the next time and let you know! (; Take care too! (:
Bam's Kitchen says
Hot off the oven and deliciously sweet, creamy and dreamy! I wonder how nutella would taste instead of chocolate? Take Care
This looks so tempting. So good to come with a cup of hot coffee 🙂
wow this looks amazing! i love bananas and rum, so this sounds like something right along my alley!
me too, like zoe , your boozy sauce and the bananas in rum sound really fantastic! i never had pancakes of such kind! If i eat these, i will have to eat it very slowly to appreciate all the flavours in here. The Aspiring Bakers Challenge is a good motivational event for us all and sometimes it also puts us to tests baking something out of our comfort zone. Glad that you are baking along with us!
Wow! I'm sold!...looking at your crepes. The boozy sauce is 100% fabulous!