Monday, February 23, 2009

Lemon-Butter Crepes

Recently, on our way back from a wonderful trip to Montreal, we stopped in the Schroon Lake region of the Adirondacks of Upstate New York for a while. We love the Adirondacks. H has been there a couple of times now and the last time we were there (which happened to be my very first time), was two years back, and we’d spent almost four days then exploring the region. This time around though, we were just passing through and did not have a lot of time, but we just had to make a quick stop to take in the jaw-dropping scenery and the stunning landscapes. Nature’s breathtaking beauty had me speechless!
Here are a couple of pictures of the ice-covered Schroon lake.






Walking along Schroon Lake's Main Street, we came across this quaint and charming eatery called The Morningstar Bistro. This is what this delightful little place looked like...

We decided to stop in for a quick meal before heading back home. After studying the menu for what seemed like an eternity, I finally settled for a lemon-butter crepe. H decided to go for a sandwich and the soup of the day- a gingered carrot soup. The meal ended with an espresso for H and a hot cocoa for myself.

Here's a picture of what I had...Morningstar crepe
This is what H had...

This weekend, I tried to recreate the fabulous crepes of the Morningstar Bistro. With the help of Food Blog Search, I came pretty close to doing just that. I followed Marc’s recipe (he also has some great tips for making the perfect crepe) and was very happy with the way my crepes (my first ever, BTW) turned out.Lemonbuttercrepe3
Here' s the recipe.
1 cup all purpose flour
1 ½ cups milk
2 eggs
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
A pinch of salt
Freshly squeezed lemon juice
Powdered sugar

Put all the ingredients (except the butter, lemon juice and powdered sugar) in a blender and process to get a smooth batter.

Melt a teaspoon (or more) of butter over medium heat in a stainless steel pan and using a ladle, pour the batter onto the pan. Take the pan off the heat and tilt in a circular motion so that the batter thinly coats the bottom of the pan.

When the edges start to brown, carefully flip the crepe and cook the other side for another 30 seconds or until you see a couple of brown spots when you peek under the crepe.

Transfer to a plate, apply a smidgen of butter all over the crepe while it is still hot, squeeze some lemon juice (be very generous here), and serve with a dusting of powdered sugar.Repeat the process with the rest of the batter. This recipe makes about 7 crepes.


These crepes make its way to AWED: France.

21 Burps:


Those lemony crepes are really looking mouthwatering!
Landscape pictures are indeed stunning!

Nags said...

crepes look lovely! the flavours sound fab!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow simple to make and yummy recipe. Awesome pics of the place.

Asha said...

Those pics are so gorgeous. I love the Sun reflecting on the ice and snow. Lucky you! :)

Crepes are easy and yummy, like our Maida dosa but thinner with different flavor. Looks delicious! :)

Laavanya said...

I love the cosy look of the Bistro and your crepes look perfect... I haven't tried making these at home. Would love to fill them with fruits or nutella.

Rajitha said...

ooh..yummy! the crepes look absolutely fantastic...and the scenery stunning....

TBC said...

RK, Nags, KF- thank you!:D

Asha- Thanks! The pics don't do the place much justice. You need to be there to experience what I did.

Laavanya- H was so mad at me for continuing to click pics even after we entered the cafe!
Yeah, it was my first time making crepes. I did think of making nutella crepes but did not want something that sweet for BF.:D. But that's definitely on the cards for dessert.;)

Rajitha- thank you.:)
Have you guys been to the Adirondacks? The place has so much to offer no matter what the season! You just have to go there. It is easier for you now.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

wow.. these look gorgeous.nice pic too...
and for thogayal, i got a little more than what you see in the pic. i served my hubby and then took the pic in leisure.. so for the amount i have mentioned, 2 people can eat... so u may double the amount if you want to serve 4.

purplesque said...

Stunning pictures of the scenery. (Oh, and I love the new banner!)

Vaishali said...

TBC, What lovely pictures, and both the lake and that bistro sound delightful. Love those crepes too.
Thanks for your feedback on the lima bean curry. It is definitely one of my weeknight favorites :) So glad you tried it.

A_and_N said...

I love crepes and make them all the time. Never tried the citrus flavour though. Should try!

And great pics :)

Red Chillies said...

Stunning pictures of nature and beautiful food pictures as well.

Anonymous said...

Wow....the pics are absolutely breathtaking! Its so beautiful! And the crepes look so delicious! And you say its your first try...You are so talented!

Uma said...

wow, the icy lake looks beautiful. The crepes are so mouth-watering.

sra said...

Lovely pix. Is that a yak in the second pic?

Bhawna said...

Wow crepes looks delicious, utterly butterly delicious

TBC said...

Mahimaa- thanks... I'm planning to make it sometime in the near future.:)

Purplesque- thank you!
I've had the banner for a while now but I'm glad you noticed it..:(

Vaishali- that place is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L! It's almost 2 weeeks now since we got back... I'm still there though.:D
Thank YOU for the recipe. I'll try it with cauliflower next.

A & N- You do! I've heard it's a bit tricky getting it right initially. Have to check your blog and see what you have there.:)Thank you.

Red Chillies- thanks.:D

Homecooked- Oh please, with so much information on the net these days (reg the crepes), one cannot go wrong.:) You are too kind! :D

Uma- thanks.:D So how's the new house? All settled down?

Sra- thank you.
No, actually that's just a dog. But I can see why it would be mistaken for a yak.:D

Bhawna- thank you. Not too much butter though .;-)I'm trying to be good.:)

Lisa said...

Just perfect! I have been meaning to make crepes and really want to try your recipe. Beautiful images I might add.

TBC said...

Lisa- thank you.:)I'm afraid my pics don't do much justice to the place.
Do give the crepes a shot. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Sakshi said...

This is my fave post till now..u might know the reason..yup the pics...awesome!! Now I know where am gonna drag my hubby for my next photography sessions. Tell me something how do u eat something in a restaurant and come home and recreate the whole taste? I can't even figure out what was in my plate once I gobble it up :). Loving your blog by the minute as I see you have an inclination towards exotic dishes and am always game for new things. Added you in my fave list already

TBC said...

Sakshi- you're funny girl! :D
I went thro' a few of your posts... like your style of writing- very witty.
Well, this was the first time I had tried recreating something I ate outside. Sadly though, both my creations tasted nothing like the original dishes.:(
I'm on your favorite list already?! Aren't we moving a little too soon? ;-)

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