Thursday, June 01, 2006

Fresh Fruit Crepes with Celestial Cream

I just finished testing these two recipes for the cookbook. Pictured are my Fresh Fruit Crepes with Celestial Cream.

I was actually quite surprised with the results testing these crepes. I didn't think I'd achieve a thin, egg-y crepe-like batter that would be:
(1) quick to assemble and
(2) reasonably easy to cook (especially without a crepe pan)

But, this crepe recipe worked out beautifully, and the cream.... oh my... heavenly! I can eat this on anything, or nothing - just a spoon works fine, thank you very much! :)

24 comments:

EatPeacePlease said...

So the suspense is over! I've been thinking about these all day! And that Celestial Cream, oh my!

What a great post and I haven't ever had crepes but I know I'll like them already.
PS. It looks like you made these on my countertops!

Melody said...

looks delicious, I'll definitely be buying your new cookbook..

Melissa West said...

Dreena, you have outdone yourself this time. Our family *loves* crepes. I used to make crepes with fresh fruit and vanilla yogurt. Since we are trying to do the vegan thing we are not eating yogurt anymore... and crepes, well they are difficult too! So crepes and a cream to go with it! You spoil us! I can't wait for this cook book!

primaryconsumer said...

That looks so amazing! I can't wait till the new cookbook comes out.

Mrs. Carlson said...

Hi again, Dreena,
I posted a little while ago about the Totally Nutty Bars, and my inability to get them to hold together. Well, thanks to your tips, I made them again this weekend with stellar success!! I did chop the nuts a little (I had been using sliced almonds instead of slivered) and added more of the liquid ingredients. By the way, they (along with the Energy Cookies) are perfect for my pre-workout snacks as they have lots of protein and aren't too heavy! Thanks again!!

raising_kahne said...

ohh. These look heavenly! I wish you'd hurry up with that cookbook! haha

Im kinda worried(well, I dont think that's the right word, confused on what to do would be more like it.) because the other day, because my mom is worried about me geting all the nutrients I need, told me that I had to start taking a multi-vitimin. She tried to get me to take some the other day, but they had fish in them, so she said if I wasnt going to take those, I would have to find some today. But the only thing is....they have geletin in them. : ( I know that geletin is not vegan, so I know if I take one, I will feel bad, but if I dont, my mom will get very frustrated, and also I dont know of a place anywhere to get vitimins that are vegan. Any words of advice??

Megan the Vegan said...

I'm so intimidated by crepes! They looks so delicate and hard to make!

Chris said...

Now I'm really looking forward to the new book. I've successfully made crepes in the past but I often have a hard time with them. Can't wait to see this recipe.

Sheryle said...

Ok, Dreena, now you've done it. I LOVE crepes and they are in my top five list of desserts, but haven't had them for years and years. I would buy your cookbook for this recipe alone!

Now if you will replicate a creme brulee I would make a monument in your honor. Maybe a national holiday.

Dreena said...

No more mystery, Leslie! I think you'll like these (hope so now after all this hype - ha!) It *does* look like your counter... I have a couple of HUGE plates that I rarely use because they are so big, but colorful so sometimes they make it into a pic!

Thank you Melody!

Hi Dragonslayer... do you still make crepes? Have you used a crepe pan or skillet? I thought these would be "painful" to make, lots of fuss and tearing crepes while flipping, etc, but they worked better than I thought - bonus!

Thanks, primaryconsumer. :)

Hi Mrs. Carlson... woo hoo!! Yay, glad they worked out the next time - thanks for letting me know. I had another visitor mention yesterday that the bars worked out after using barley malt (she had used agave nectar I think before that), so it's just super to know that you both had success with these after a couple of, well, flops!! (I can say that, since it's my recipe and I need to fix it) :) Much more workout power to you... thanks!

Hi Savanna... well, if you want to get started on a multivitamin, there are certainly vegan options out there. Btw, taking a multi is a good idea, imo. I think most of us - NOT most vegans, but most people in general - can benefit from the added help of a multi. In fact I think most non-vegans need multis more than vegans because they eat very little fruit/veg and whole foods. But, if it gives your mom peace of mind, then it's worth it. There are differing qualities of multis which = different prices. Make a trip to your health food store and talk to the people there about getting a vegan supplement, it should be no problem. Also, you should take a b12 supplement if you aren't already... that's just my opinion, but again, it's an easy way to be sure you are getting it. btw, your other family members should be on the multi if you are too!! :)

Megan, I have been intimidated in the past too - because I used to make them years back with a crepe pan and even then it was tricky. These are more delicate than pancakes, but not at all troublesome. And yummy!

Well, thanks Chris!! :) My first batch I had trouble with, but I tweaked a couple of things and then the remaining tests went fine. I love when recipe testing that goes that way... my mood definitely improves with recipe success - ha!

Sheryle, that is too funny!! I might shy away from creme brulee for the fear of disappointment in those longing for the 'real thing'!! But... I think the crepes will make you a happy gal!! I *could* use a holiday though... hmmmm.... :)

raising_kahne said...

Last night, before I told my mom about the vitimans having gelatin in them, I researched on a vegan site and found some that had planty of nutrients and all in them, and then showed them to her. And she said that as long as I was on a vitiman, she didnt care. She is improving a lot with the changes Ive made, but sometimes, she can be very hard on me, but I still believe she will accept it someday!

Melissa West said...

Hi Dreena

I still make crepes. I just make them in my regular teflon frying pan. I think there is a recipe for crepes with chickpea powder in vegan with a vengance that I have made...these didn't turn out quite as thin as the traditional crepes, but they were still delicious - and chickpea powder, how cool is that?

I love how yours look nice and thin - and are not just made of white flour- so more nutritious than the regular crepe.

Crepes have to be one of my all time favourites. I have no restraint when it comes to crepes, I just keep eating and eating until they are gone, no matter how full I am. That is how much I love crepes.

Sweet Pea said...

Dreena, Wow! My brother-in-law makes wonderful crepes based on a recipe passed on from his French Canadian mother. I do miss them. Looking forward to trying your recipe. The fruit look so yummy and colourful.

Savanna, if you eat properly your mom will accept your choice to be vegan. I have iron problem (slightly anemic and thalassemia carrier) so people were astounded that I would want to stop eating meat. Where would I get my iron? My family is happily amazed how healthy I look and feel. Plus, my iron is at a normal level now. Explain that??!! Just stick to a healthy lifestyle and people will accept your decision.

Harmonia said...

I've never seen/heard of anything quite like these! WOW! Neat!

Will there be any Dhal recipes in the new cookbook? Pretty Please!?

courgette said...

Dreena, I can't wait for your next cookbook. I just bought Vive last week. The recipes for cumin lime vinegrette and tofu french toast were worth the price of the book and then some.

I didn't have vanilla non-dairy milk when making the french toast so I used some leftover coconut milk and added some vanilla. Fabulous!

Dreena said...

Savanna, that's good news. It's natural for your mom to be concerned and to look out for you - that's what a mom's supposed to do! Oh, and worry, and kiss you in public, and cry at unexplained momements... and nag! (at least in my house) :)

Dragonslayer, yeah, I just use my non-stick pan too. The chickpea flour version sounds cool! You may see muffins and other baked goods with chickpea flour as well. Great non-wheat alternative for sure!! I don't use white flour, or even wheat flour in these crepes. Spelt flour - as with much of my baking and treats - love the stuff... that and barley flour. Ummm, I'm not quite clear... did you mention that it's crepes you love??! So funny reading that last para from you... "I love them, I'll just keep eating them no matter how full I am"! I bet you love crepe-type entrees too...?

Thanks sweet pea! I love that notion of passing down recipes generation to generation. My mom's recipes are not ones easily 'veganized'. Cod au gratin, very cheese/eggy mac and cheese, and some others that are truly her trademark dishes. Who knows what our kids will be eating when they're our age??!! That is quite remarkable about your iron levels, btw. A sort of similar story... mother-in-law had improvements with her bone density after she *removed* dairy and started a plant-based diet!

Harmonia, how's that ankle?? I have thought about a dhal recipe a little, but I think there are quite a number out there now and I don't know if I could do anything very different or new, or improve on anything at all, so I probably will look to do other recipes instead. Do you have any recipes in the cookbooks you've checked out lately??

Hi courgette. Gosh, that's super nice of you to say!! :) You know, my family LOVES that french toast recipe. I haven't made it since testing it for Vive. I would blog it for everyone to see, but now I'm busy testing new recipes, and so although I know they'd love it, I'm into other things (it's all about what I'm testing, you see. ha!) Anyhow, it's great to hear you like it as well - and great the subsitutions worked out for you too. Bonus! Hope you enjoy more of the recipes, and thanks. :)

Sweet Pea said...

Hey Dreena, You probably have already seen this article but just in case...
http://www.homemakers.com/homemakers/client/en/health/DetailNews.asp?idNews=234483&pg=2&

sarchan said...

Eating French food always makes me feel so. . . continental! (Sadly hardly any of it's vegan--I demand vegan Nutella!!! I demand it!!!) Those look delicious!

Carrie™ said...

Celestial Cream? That has got to be the coolest name. That alone makes me want to try it.
I made crepes years ago, but haven't done any for a long time. I'd like to give yours a go. They look fabulous.
Are you sure you weren't cooking at Leslie's? That yellow looks very familiar. Hmmmm.....

Dreena said...

Sweetpea, I had NO idea about that article! I don't think my publisher knew either. I sent them the link too. I think I have to pop a post on about that, because that's just very cool. Hmmm, maybe you can work on publicity for me in addition to doing my blogging! :) Really, though, thanks for notifying me about it, I had no clue!

Ha, I like that Sarchan... time to stop asking and start demanding!! Now, I thought I saw somewhere in VegNews several issues back a company that had a vegan version of Nutella on the market. It was in their veg picks column. If there is, we are both missing out on it! :)

Hey, thanks Carrie! I know, the pic does look so much like Leslie's counter - she mentioned the same thing!!

Sweet Pea said...

Dreena, doing PR for a cookbook author would be awesome. I worked in PR in my "former life" (high tech and health care). PR in the cooking biz would be way cool. I was also a "ghost writer" so I could be a ghost writer and blog for you. That would be so funny!

KaiVegan said...

This is beautiful, Dreena, and I can already imagine how good it is!

Dreena said...

Sweet pea, you worked as a ghost writer??! - so intriguing!! What type of work did you do?... would we know any of it? And you worked in PR? Cool... interesting background you have!!

Thank you, Kai, you are a sweetie. :)

Veg-a-Nut said...

I have your new book on my list of things to buy. Any dates yet or preordering dates?

I can't wait to try your Celetial Cream. :o)