This is a basic crepe recipe that I learned in my school years, therefore, not long ago 😉
These crepes can be served as either breakfast, dessert or snack. In my case, I make them to sweeten the afternoons I spend at home with my children 🙂
To make these treats perfectly, you will need a bit of practice. I remember the first crepes I made in my life didn’t come out well; as result, I promised myself, by then, that I would end up making incredibly good crepes. Therefore, according to my children, I have succeeded! With patience and practice you will get them just right.
That’s why I want to share with you this basic step-by-step recipe for crepes so that these delicacies turn out just as well.
Eating Crepes with Nutella in Nature
This summer 2021 I had the good fortune to visit my friend Pati in Cantabria.
North of Spain is known for its incredible landscapes and wonderful beaches; nonetheless, not always days are sunny there. This time I was very lucky to get sunny days, something unsual in this region.
One of the beaches I visited was the Langre beach. The sights there are beautiful since you see a huge cliff surrounding the beach; however, to get to the beach you need to go down stairs. Before going down, I saw a small roullote on a esplanade, inside which there was a couple selling… guess what? Yes, that’s right, they were selling crepes. What kind of utopia was that? Eating crepes with Nutella in nature? Not even in the best of my dreams.
A wooden table and seats made from tree trunks. Coffee. Nutella crepes. The sea. The mountain. That’s all I needed.
Easy Crepes Recipe
You’ll love this easy crepe recipe. Also, learning how to make crepes is not difficult, although it does take a bit of practice at first. Although the couple from the roullote used an electric crepe maker, the result using a frying pan will be almost the same.
Once you know how to make this easy crepes recipe, you will be able to make sweet and savory crepe dishes.
How to Make Crepes
In a hand blender bowl/jar, add 1 egg, 1 cup of full-cream milk, 1 cup of flour, a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of sunflower oil. Beat with an electric hand blender until there are no lumps.
In a 9.5 inch frying pan, add a small knob of unsalted butter over medium-high heat (level 7 on glass-ceramic ). When butter is melted, spread the butter well over the pan with paper towel.
Pour batter with the help of a ladle into the pan and slightly tilt and turn the pan so that the mixture is evenly distributed.
Without touching the batter, let it cook for about 1 minute. When you see that the crepe is golden brown, lift the edge a little with a skimmer spoon and turn it over. Wait a few seconds until the other side is also done. When it is ready, remove it from the heat and start again with another crepe.
Once you have the crepe out of the pan, it’s time to put whatever you like on it: Nutella, dulce de leche or sugar and lemon. The way I add Nutella is to spread it on half of the crepe and fold it twice. Optionally, you can decorate the crepe with chocolate syrup.
Add all the ingredients in a hand blender bowl. Beat with an electric hand blender until there are no lumps.
In a 9.5 inch frying pan, add a small knob of unsalted butter over medium-high heat. When butter is melted, spread the butter well over the pan with paper towel.
Pour a little of the batter into the pan and slightly tilt and turn the pan so that the batter is evenly distributed.
Let it cook for about 1 minute. When you see your crepe is golden brown, turn it over with the help of a skimmer spoon or spatula. Wait until the other side is also done and then remove it out of the pan. Start again the process.
I am spending a weekend in the mountains of Madrid to be in touch with nature. And … On monday is my birthday! So I think I will celebrate a little snack party with puff pastry apple tartlets.
The landscape I am surrounded by invites me to make a dessert with puff pastry. However, instead of making a puff pastry apple pie, I would like to make these puff pastry tartlets filled with pastry cream. As I did with the pavlova, individual servings not only are fun to prepare but also you will offer each diner their own delicacy to savour.
I don’t think I’m going to stay in the kitchen all weekend making desserts, so this dessert is going to be quick and easy. The rest of the time I’m going to spend resting, reading, walking, enjoying the good weather and eating well.
How To Make Puff Pastry Apple Tartlets with Pastry Cream
The first step is to preheat the oven to 356°F ( 180°C ).
Circular Puff Pastry Base
Unlike the apple pie, the these tartlets base is circular. The way to give this shape is by using tartlet molds.
This time I used two types of glasses to cut the puff pastry dough. I used a glass with a larger diameter, a cider glass or a mug, to cut two circular layers. Then I used a glass with a smaller diameter (e.g. a champagne glass) to make a hole in the center of one of the layers, giving this layer a ring shape.
Therefore, the base of each tartlet is made of a smooth layer and a ring-shaped layer. With the two layers, one on top of the other, the base acquires a certain thickness, and the hole is where you will pour the pastry cream. Your mission is to make 4 tartlets with their respective puff pastry bases.
Now paint with a brush soaked in beaten egg the edge of the 4 smooth bases and place the respective ring on top of each one.
In a saucepan pour 250 ml of milk, a cinnamon stick and the lemon peel and put it over medium heat. Remove it just before it starts to boil. Set aside
In a separate bowl put two egg yolks and three tablespoons of sugar, and beat everything with a whisk. When everything is well integrated, add a spoonful of cornstarch and continue beating until well blended.
Now add the infused milk. Remember to remove the lemon peel and the cinnamon stick, and put the mixture over medium heat and stir. Once you notice the mixture is thick and creamy, it means that you have the custard. Set aside in a bowl.
Peel a golden apple with a knife or a vegetable peeler. You remove the core, cut it into quarters and then start making thin slices. With these thin slices you will cover the pastry cream.
With the puff pastry bases already assembled, fill them with pastry cream and then put apple slices on top. Repeat this step with the 4 tartlets.
Brush the whole tartlet with slightly melted butter. And sprinkle sugar on top. Put the puff pastry tartlets in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.
After you take them out of the oven, brush them with apricot jam. Et voilà! Puff pastry apple tartlets with pastry cream.
Puff Pastry Apple Tartlets with Pastry Cream
Delicious individual portions of puff pastry filled with pastry cream and dressed with apple slices
In a saucepan put the milk, the cinnamon and the lemon peel. It is important that the peel does not have too much white because it is bitter.
Put it over medium heat and remove it before it starts to boil. Set aside.
In a separate bowl put the egg yolks and sugar, and beat with a wire whisk.
When everything is well blended, add the cornstarch and continue beating until combined.
While beating with the wire whisk, gradually add the infused milk (without the cinnamon and lemon).
Put the mixture in the saucepan over medium heat and stir all the time until it thickens.
The pastry cream is ready. Set aside.
Puff Pastry Base
Sprinkle a spoonful of sugar on the baking paper and then spread the puff pastry on top.
The circular base of each tartlet is made of two layers of puff pastry dough. Use two types of glasses, one with larger diameter and other with smaller diameter. With the first glass you cut two circular layers. With the second glass you make a hole in one of the layers. You place the ring-shaped layer on top of the other so the base acquires certain thickness; and the hole is the place where you pour the pastry cream. Your mission is to make 4 tartlets with their respective puff pastry bases.
Now paint with a brush soaked in beaten egg the edge of the 4 smooth bases and place the respective ring on top of each one.
Once the puff pastry bases are already assembled, fill them with pastry cream and then put apple slices on top. Repeat this step with the 4 tartlets
Brush the whole tartlet with slightly melted butter. And sprinkle sugar on top.
Put the puff pastry tartlets in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.
After you take them out of the oven, brush them with apricot jam. Et voilà! Puff pastry apple tartlets with pastry cream.
Crema Catalana is a traditional Spanish dessert, also known as burnt cream, characterized by its citrus and cinnamon aroma and its crunchy caramelized crust.
I love the Spanish food and what my country land offers to our gastronomy. If you have ever been to Spain, you know it has different climates and landscapes from north to south and from east to west. Therefore, we have a rich gastronomic culture since every region provides its own ingredients and culinary specialties.
Crema Catalana vs. Crème Brûlée
Although crema catalana and crème brûlée belong to the same family of custards and both are called “burnt creams” ( they are topped with burnt sugar), there are certain differences between them.
Crema catalana is a Spanish dessert made with cornstarch and cooked on the stove, while crême brûlée is a French dessert baked in the oven and no cornstarch is needed. Another difference is that lemon and cinnamon are used to flavor the crema catalana, while vanilla is used to flavor the creme brûlée.
Is Crema Catalana Gluten Free ?
Yes! Catalan cream is made with cornstarch, the flour is corn-based, not wheat-based; therefore, it is gluten-free. This dessert is suitable for celiacs.
Crema catalana is usually served in the typical clay dishes. It is a very traditional dessert and is part of the heritage of our rich gastronomic culture.
If you have never made this homemade dessert, and you are wondering how to make crema catalana, I assure you that it is very easy to make it.
How To Make Crema Catalana
1. In a saucepan, pour a liter of milk and add in a cinnamon stick and a lemon peel. It is important that the lemon peel has no white as it bitters.
2. Put it over high heat and, when it starts to boil, lower the heat and let it cook for 5 more minutes. Set aside with the saucepan covered, so that the milk continues to take on the flavor.
3. Separate 8 egg yolks from 8 egg whites, and place the yolks in a bowl. Add 150 grams of sugar and beat the mixture with a hand held mixer until it turns foamy and pale yellow.
4. Add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch into the mixture and beat with the hand mixer until well integrated.
5. Pour the milk into the mixture through a sieve, removing the cinnamon stick and the lemon peel. Whisk with the hand held for one second .
6. Once you have all the mixture integrated, put it back on the stove over a medium heat. Stir with a whisk until it starts to boil. You will see that it begins to thicken, but don´t let it get too thick because when it chills it will also thicken and we want it to be creamy.
7. As soon as you see the first boiling bubble, remove it from the heat and pour it into traditional clay dishes.
8. Allow the custard to cool at room temperature for about 10 minutes. Then, put it to chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours. Keep in mind this resting time in case you want to serve the cream the same day or overnight.
9. Before serving, sprinkle a thin layer of sugar on top of each dish. With a small kitchen blowtorch, burn the thin layer of sugar until turns golden brown. This is how you coat the top of the custard with a crunchy, caramelized crust.
How Do I Caramelize Crema Catalana ?
First, sprinkle a thin layer of sugar over the top of each dish with a spoon. Then get out your small kitchen blowtorch and carefully bring the blue flame close to the sugar until it becomes first liquid and subsequently turns golden brown. This is why it is also known as burnt cream.
I Don’t Have A Blowtorch, Can I Caramelize Crema Catalana In The Oven?
Yes, you can burn the sugar in the oven, putting crema catalana as close as possible to the broiler. First, preheat the oven to 428ºF (220ºC), and when it reaches the temperature, sprinkle the sugar onto the cream and, immediately, put it in under the broiler for a few minutes. Be careful not to burn it! It might not get the same results as with the blowtorch, but it will work.
When Should I Caramelize Crema Catalana ?
Just before serving. I recommend taking crema catalana out of the fridge half an hour before eating it, so you can enjoy savouring its creaminess.
From one delicious dessert comes another delicious dessert. While making this crema catalana, I had eight egg whites left over. What should I cook with these egg whites? The answer was a delicious pavlova .
Authentic Crema Catalana Recipe
Crema Catalana is a delicious traditional dessert of the Spanish cuisine.
1tablespoonsugar per serving for caramelized crustoptional
In a saucepan, add milk, a cinnamon stick and a lemon peel.
Put it over high heat and when it starts to boil, lower the heat and let it cook for 5 more minutes. Set aside with the saucepan covered.
Separate 8 egg yolks from 8 egg whites, and place the yolks in a bowl. Add 150 grams of sugar and beat the mixture with an electric hand mixer until it turns foamy and pale yellow.
Add 2 tablespoons of cornflour to the mixture and beat with the hand mixer until well integrated.
pour the milk into the mixture through a sieve, removing the cinnamon stick and the lemon peel. Whisk with the hand mixer for one second.
Once you have all the mixture integrated, put it back on the stove over a medium heat. Stir with a whisk until it starts to boil.
As soon as you see the first boiling bubble, remove it from the heat and pour it into traditional clay dishes.
Deja que se atempere 10 minutos y metes la crema en la nevera durante 3 horas hasta que repose y enfríe.
Before serving, sprinkle a thin layer of sugar over the top of each dish with a spoon and burn the sugar with a small kitchen blowtorchto caramelize the thin layer. Et voilà! You have just made a delicious crema catalana!
We have a new cake section on the blog! And we launch it with this lemon yogurt cake recipe.
This recipe for lemon yogurt cake has a very special place in my recipe book, as it was the first dessert I ever made in my life!
If you are getting started in baking, I recommend you to try making this super easy lemon yogurt.
In the summers of my childhood, my parents had to work most of the time and used to take my siblings and me to my grandmother’s house in the countryside, in Arcos de la Frontera. And one way to liven up the afternoons was to have sponge cake competitions among the cousins.
The only recipe I knew by then recipe was this lemon yogurt cake recipe. Making this lemon yogurt cake could not be easier. All I needed was to use a container of lemon yogurt as a measure and to remember the 1, 2, 3. One container of sunflower oil, two containers of sugar and three containers of flour. And it always came out moist an flavourful.
The utensils we used back then were a clay bowl and a fork. And the ingredients were 100% natural: free range eggs and lemons straight from the tree. It was without a doubt my favourite summer plan!
Whenever I make this cake I always go back in time and become that little girl cook who was making her first steps in the kitchen.
The competition prize consisted of eating the winning cake with my siblings and cousins. All I had to do was follow the recipe scrupulously and success was guaranteed!
I can still remember when I used to be engrossed in watching the sponge cake grow in the oven. It was magic for me. How could such a fluffy lemon sponge cake come out of a mixture of simple ingredients.
Lemon Yogurt Cake Recipe
1. Preheat the oven to 356°F ( 180°C ).
2. In a bowl, add 120 grams of lemon yogurt and use the yogurt container as a measure. In the same bowl, add 1 yogurt container of sunflower oil ( 100 ml ), 2 yogurt containers of sugar ( 180 grams ), 3 yogurt containers of flour ( 165 grams), three eggs, half a lemon peel and 16 grams of baking powder.
3. Whisk the mixture with a hand mixer until combined.
4. Grease a 10-inch loaf pan with butter and then sprinkle flour on top of the butter. This will help you unmold the cake later.
5. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 45 minutes (without opening the oven door). When the time is up insert a cake tester (or a knife) into the center of the yogurt cake to check whether it is done. If the tester comes out clean … Et voilà! And just like that you have made a delicious lemon yogurt cake!
If you liked this homemade cake recipe, try making also this marble cake.
Lemon Yogurt Cake 1.2.3 Recipe
Making this lemon yogurt cake could not be easier. All you need is to use a container of lemon yogurt as a measure and to remember the 1, 2, 3.
1lemon yogurt( 120 grams – use the same container as a measure )
1containersunflower oil( 100 ml )
2containerssugar( 180 gr )
3containersflour( 165 gr )
Precalienta el horno a 180º arriba y abajo.
In a bowl, add one lemon yogurt and keep the container to use a as a measure. In the same bowl, add 1 container of sunflower oil, 2 containers of sugar, 3 containers of flour, three eggs, half a lemon peel and 16 grams of baking powder.
Whisk the mixture with a hand mixer until combined.
Grease a 10-inch loaf pan with butter and then sprinkle flour on top of the butter.
our the batter into the pan and bake for 45 minutes. When the time is up insert a cake tester into the center of the cake to check whether it is done. If the tester comes out clean … Et voilà! And just like that you have made a delicious lemon yogurt cake!
This easy tiramisu recipe will conquer the palates of your guests, friends and family members.
Do you want to learn how to make authentic Italian tiramisu? Get on board!
This dessert has traveled around the world, so there are many versions of Italy’s most famous dessert. The one I’m sharing with you is very easy to make, and we were lucky enough to have our Italian friend Andrea share his secret with us.
You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make this treat! That’s how incredible it is, you just need to follow the steps of this recipe and you will have the key to take your guests to the heaven of flavors.
What are the defining characteristics of tiramisu? Creaminess with aromas of coffee and cocoa melting in your mouth.
The Origin Of Tiramisu
A legend states that the tiramisu was invented at the end of the 17th century in Siena. Back then, some pastry chefs in the region decided to prepare a delicacy made of simple ingredients to celebrate the arrival of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo de Medici.
At the time, this dessert was called “La Zuppa del Duca” or “Soup of the Duke” in honor of Cosimo, who was conquered by the taste of this delicacy. As soon as he tried it, he decided to take the tiramisu recipe with him to Florence. It didn’t take long for this dessert to spread throughout the rest of Italy and become the favorite sweet treat of the nobles of the time.
The word tiramisu, in Italian tiramisù, comes from the Veneto dialect tiramesù and means “bring me up” or “cheer me up”. Hence, there is another more recent version that claims the original tiramisu was invented in the 1950s in a restaurant called Toulà, in Treviso. This restaurant was located near brothels, where this dessert was very successful among customers due to its aphrodisiac connotations.
At that time, the authentic tiramisu had only five simple ingredients: eggs, sugar, Savoiardi lady fingers, black coffee and cocoa powder. The mascarpone was added later to the recipe.
It was in 1968, after the banning of brothels, that Alfredo Beltrame, master of Venetian gastronomy and founder of the Toulà restaurants, included this dessert on his restaurants menu to the delight of all his diners and the whole world.
The origin of this dessert is uncertain, but what is certain is that this easy tiramisu recipe is from Andrea, an Italian who has been living in Spain for a long time and has been very kind to share his recipe for tiramisu with us.
How to Make Tiramisu – Easy Tiramisu Recipe
1. Prepare two cups of long black coffee. Set aside and allow it to cool to room temperature.
2. Separate 4 egg yolks from 4 egg whites in two different bowls. It is preferable that the eggs are at room temperature, and they are fresh large size. If you want to give more consistency to the tiramisu and less creaminess you can use less egg whites. It’s up to your taste.
3. Weigh 100 grams of icing sugar. I prefer to use this type of sugar because it dissolves better and faster.
4. Beat the egg yolks with a hand held mixer and add 50 grams of icing sugar. Keep beating until the mixture gets foamy, pale yellow and the sugar has dissolved.
5. Wash the wire beaters thoroughly. When making the meringue it’s very important that the wire beaters are clean and dry. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form; you´ll know they are stiff when you turn the bowl upside down and meringue doesn´t fall. Then, add in 50 grams of icing sugar little by little to the meringue and keep whisking until it has dissolved.
In one bowl you have the beaten egg yolks and in another bowl you have the meringue.
6. Add 500 grams of mascarpone cheese into the egg yolk mixture. Mascarpone must be at room temperature. Whisk with the hand held mixer on low speed until well integrated, and mascarpone lumps have disappeared.
7. In batches, add the meringue into the mascarpone mixture with a spatula. Mix both mixtures with slow folding movements, a bottom-to-top and top-to-bottom motion, until combined. Then, pour in a tablespoon of rum and keep making folding movements from bottom to top until integrated.
Lady Fingers Base
8. Now dip the ladyfingers in the cold coffee for about 4/5 seconds. If your Savoiardi biscuits are not sweetened, I recommend you adding a spoonful of sugar beforehand in the coffee. Once the biscuits are soaked in coffee, place them in a 8×12 pan or Pyrex dish. It´s ok if you cut some biscuits to fill the gaps of the base.
9. Once you have created the base, it´s time to pour the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers base and spread it evenly with the spatula.
10. Store the tiramisu in the fridge covered with cling film, so that it doesn’t absorb odors, and leave it overnight.
11. Sift cocoa powder on top of the tiramisu before serving. Add a heaping tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder to the strainer, and gently tap the side repeatedly until all of the cocoa powder has passed through the strainer. Et voilà.. you have a delicious tiramisu ready to conquer palates!
This authentic Italian tiramisu recipe will conquer the palates of your family and friends. It is a traditional dessert made of simple ingredients, such as eggs, sugar, mascarpone, Savoiardi biscuits, long black coffee and cocoa powder.
Prepare two cups of long black coffee and pour it into a deep dish. Set aside.
Separate four egg yolks from four egg whites in two different bowls.
Weigh 100 grams of icing sugar.
Beat the egg yolks with a hand held mixer and add 50 grams of icing sugar. Keep beating until the mixture gets foamy, pale yellow and the sugar has dissolved.
Wash the wire beaters thoroughly and beat the egg whites until stiff. Once they are stiff, add in 50 grams of icing sugar little by little while whisking.
Add the mascarpone cheese to the egg yolks. Whisk with the hand held mixer on low speed.
Add the meringue little by little into the yolk mixture. Mix both mixtures with a spatula with folding movements until combined. Then, pour in a tablespoon of rum and keep making folding movements from bottom to top until inegrated.
Lady Fingers Base
Dip the Savoiardi biscuits in the cold coffee for about 4/5 seconds and place them in a Pyrex dish.
Once the base is created, pour the cream and spread it evenly with the spatula.
Store it in the fridge covered with cling film and leave it overnight.
Sift cocoa powder on top of the tiramisu before serving. Et voilà.. you have a delicious tiramisu ready to be tasted!
I have cooked many cakes before, and I have to say this chocolate birthday cake is D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S.
This chocolate birthday cakerecipe has been passed down from generation to generation in Victor’s family. And now his grandmother, Nona as they call her, has shared it with her children and grandchildren.
He is particularly fond of this chocolate cake. It reminds him of his childhood, and nowadays he still enjoys eating it as if he was six years old.
Before I tried it, he had always told me that there was no other cake like it, that it was, by far, the best chocolate cake I would ever try. One day, I was so intrigued that I felt the urge to taste it… Now, that I have already tasted it, I invite you to try it and tell me what you think!
In many Spanish restaurants, you can find this tarta de cumpleaños ( birthday cake in Spanish ) as dessert on their menu, and it is decorated with lacasitos sweets and other toppings to give it a colourful touch. For many people, it is the perfect cake for birthdays; both children and adults love it. Nonetheless, you can make it for other special events, too.
When I was planning the cake photoshoot, I thought of decorating it with lacasitos like the others. Victor stopped me in my tracks and said: “No Lacasitos”; therefore, we went out shopping to buy a cake plate to show it´s category. Now I understand him. It is spectacularly delicious.
If you are a chocoholic, and you love chocolate desserts, this no bake chocolate cake will become one of your favorites.
For those less chocoholics, it can be served with a little cream to reduce the chocolatey taste. Even so, this is still a to-die-for chocolate cake.
Spanish Chocolate Birthday Cake Recipe
1. Break 300 grams of milk chocolate and 150 grams of dark chocolate in a glass bowl and melt it in bain-marie. How? Fill a saucepan with water and put it on the stove. Then, place the glass bowl on top of the saucepan, keeping it from touching the water. With the hot water, without bringing it to the boil, stir with a whisk until the chocolate melts. Set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, cream 150 grams of butter, 150 grams of sugar and 6 egg yolks. Beat with a hand held mixer.
3. Add the mixture into the chocolate and stir with a spatula until integrated. It is important that the chocolate is not too hot.
4. Whip 200 grams of cream with the hand held mixer for 3 minutes until thickened.
5. Add the chocolate into the whipped cream and mix very well.
6. Pour the milk into a deep dish and then dip the Maria cookies in it to soften them.
7. Line 8 inch cake pan with parchment paper.
8. Fill the cake pan with the mixture and biscuits, making sure you don´t leave gaps. The order is the following: biscuits – mixture – biscuits – mixture – biscuits – mixture.
9. Once you’ve assembled the cake, put it in the fridge overnight so that it’s ready for the next day. Et voilà … You have cooked a delicious chocolate birthday cake!
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