My guest today is K.K. Weil who's joining me for Recipe Tuesday with a crepe recipe. I have fond memories of French crepes. We had a French exchange student who told us "I make crepes for you", and pronounced the word "craps". We got a giggle out of that and ate delicious crepes with nutella. Then when my husband and I were in Paris, we ate at a little creperie, and had delicious smoked salmon buckwheat crepes for our main course, and warm chocolate filled crepes for dessert. They had to roll us out of there we were so full! So those fond memories make me very happy to host K.K. with her lovely crepe recipe. And a very intriguing sounding book. Take it away, K.K.!
Thanks so much for having me today, Jana. It’s always a pleasure to be on your blog!
So, recipes…Basically, I love food. My new release, Some Whisper Some Shout, centers around a young woman, Jolie, and her eccentric grandmother who own a small crepe shop on the boardwalk of the New Jersey Shore. They use their creperie not only to sell unique and delicious boardwalk food, but to help the homeless as well, by offering a free-meal program in their store. One of the small joys in Jolie’s life is creating new and interesting combinations of ingredients to stuff into a soft shell. She also loves coming up with cute and sometimes silly names to go with them.
Unlike Jolie and her grandmother, I do not have a French background and am not an expert crepe-maker. However, my family does make manicotti shells from scratch and with a little bit of tweaking, those shells can be transformed into crepe shells. So here is my makeshift recipe for crepes. You can stuff anything you like in them, from sweet to savory. This is a simple one.
1 cup flour
1 ¼ cup water
A pinch of salt
A couple of spoonfuls of Nutella or other hazelnut spread
1 banana, sliced
Heat a small pan on low heat. Put flour, eggs and salt in a bowl. Gradually add the water, stirring as you add it. The batter should be thin. In the pan, spread a thin layer of oil, just enough to coat the bottom.
Pour a little of the batter into a shot glass, or other container that holds one ounce. Pour the ounce of batter into the pan, swirling the pan as you pour the batter, so that the batter coats the bottom of the pan evenly. Let it cook for a minute or two, until the edges of the crepe lift from the sides of the pan and the crepe shifts in the pan when you gently shake it. Flip the crepe and cook for a minute on the other side. Do not let it brown. Remove the crepe from the pan and briefly let it cool on a hand towel or parchment paper. Do the same with the rest of the batter. You should get around 10 crepe shells out of the batter. If the crepes are thicker than you like, add more water to the batter.
Once the shells are cool enough to touch, fill with Nutella and bananas. Fold the crepe onto itself and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Here’s the link if you’d like to read about Jolie, her boisterous grandmother, their crepe shop and Jolie’s romantic and family troubles. Some Whisper, Some Shout comes out on August 16th, but you can preorder it today!
Here's the blurb for SOME WHISPER, SOME SHOUT:
Devices. Jolie’s got tons of them. Coping mechanisms that ensure she’s not falling victim to the mental illness that’s taken hold of both her brother and father. Helping the homeless gives Jolie much needed consistency. But when a stranger struts into her Jersey Shore creperie, writing cryptic songs on napkins and then disappearing, her world becomes anything but routine.
Reed can play the soul out of his saxophone, but he’s hiding something. Why else would he reveal so little about himself, or plan one secluded, albeit eccentric, date after another? And what’s in that backpack he carries everywhere? Then again, with her distressed brother missing, an estranged mother returning home, and a feisty grandmother acting weirder than usual, Jolie can’t decipher whether her suspicions are valid or dangerous delusions.
When inexplicable slashings of the homeless occur in her otherwise safe town, Jolie’s devices begin to fail.
K.K. Weil grew up in Queens, but eventually moved to New York City, the inspiration for many of her stories. Weil, who attended SUNY Albany as an undergrad and NYU as a graduate student, is also a teacher. She enjoys writing her own dramas and lives near the beach in New Jersey, where she is at work on her next novel.