Buckwheat Crepes With Honeyed Ricotta & Sautéed Plums Recipe

Whip these up for an easy French-style brunch.

Ingredients

Crepes:
1⁄2 cup buckwheat flour
1⁄2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1⁄2 tsp kosher salt
1 cup milk
3⁄4 cup buttermilk
2 tbsp butter, melted, plus more for greasing the pan
2 large eggs
1 tbsp coconut oil or butter
1⁄2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp honey
1 lb Italian plums (6 – 7 plums), each sliced into 6 wedges
Honeyed Ricotta (below)
Honey, for serving

Honeyed Ricotta:
15 oz part-skim ricotta
2 tbsp honey
1⁄4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1⁄4 tsp grated lemon zest

Directions

Crepes:
Step 1: Whisk the flours, salt, milk, buttermilk, butter and eggs together in a large bowl until very smooth. To save arm power, you can blend the ingredients in a blender instead. Let the batter sit for at least 1 hour at room temperature and up to 1 day in the refrigerator.

Step 2: Rub a small dab of butter (1?2 tbsp or so) onto the bottom of a 9″ or 10″ nonstick crepe pan or sauté pan over medium heat and wait until it melts completely. (Too much butter will make for a soggy crepe.)

Step 3: Pour 1?4 cup of the batter into the hot pan and tilt it in a circular motion to ensure the batter spreads out into an even layer. Cook over low heat until the edges start to pull away from the pan, about 2 minutes.

Step 4: Using a nonstick spatula, carefully flip and cook the other side until golden brown, about 1 minute.

Step 5: Lay the crepe on a large plate and repeat until you’ve gone through all of the batter (it’s okay to stack the crepes on the plate). If the crepe pan starts to get too dry, add another little dab of butter. Keep the finished, unfilled crepes warm in a 200°F oven until ready to assemble.

To Sauté The Plums:
Step 1: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the coconut oil. Add the vanilla and honey, swirl the pan so they combine with the coconut oil, and then add the plums. Sauté until juicy and warm, 2 – 3 minutes.

To Assemble:
Step 1: For each crepe, gently fold the crepe in fourths (fold in half, then in half again) and dollop 1 – 2 tbsp of the Honeyed Ricotta and a few sautéed plums on top. Finish with a generous drizzle of honey.

Honeyed Ricotta:
Step 1: In a small bowl, use a whisk to whip all the ingredients together until light and creamy, 1 – 2 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes:
The crepe batter needs to rest for at least an hour, so plan accordingly or make the batter and refrigerate it overnight. If you go that route, the crepes cook best when the batter is at room temperature, so let it sit out for at least 30 minutes before cooking them.

Swap out the plums for stone fruit in the summer or pears and cranberries in the winter. For a more decadent brunch, use mascarpone thinned with just a little Greek yogurt as a topping instead of the ricotta. Alternatively, try a spoonful of a chocolate hazelnut spread or jam filling.

You can cook the crepes and store them in the refrigerator, stacked between pieces of waxed or parchment paper, for up to 3 days. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months by allowing the crepes to cool completely, wrapping them well in plastic wrap, and placing them in an airtight container. To reheat, place them in a glass baking dish or a pie plate covered with aluminum foil. Heat in a 250°F oven until just warmed through.

See more recipes from Whole-Grain Mornings.
Reprinted with permission from Whole-Grain Mornings (2013, Ten Speed Press).

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