vanilla bean crepes with ricotta & jam

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Crepes (like so many French things) charm me. The wafer-thin, buttery pancakes just beg to be filled and topped; I like to think of them as a blank canvas for whatever my mood or whim. In this instance, I dreamed up the perfect crepes for Valentine’s Day – sweet vanilla bean crepes with ricotta and jam.

Vanilla Bean Crepes with Ricotta and Jam | Tutti Dolci
Filled with sweetened ricotta (think cannoli filling) and strawberry jam, each bite is pure heaven. Since chocolate is a Valentine’s Day must, I finished these crepes off with chocolate drizzle for a truly sweet breakfast.

Vanilla Bean Crepes with Ricotta and Jam | Tutti DolciVanilla Bean Crepes with Ricotta and Jam | Tutti Dolci
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Vanilla Bean Crepes with Ricotta & Jam

  • Yield: 14 crepes

Ingredients

Crepes

  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 1/2 tsp Amaretto
  • Butter, for coating the pan

Filling

  • 15 oz part skim ricotta
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam

Chocolate Sauce

  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. For the crepes, combine butter, eggs, buttermilk, water, flour, sugar, salt, vanilla bean paste, and Amaretto in a blender. Blend until mixture is smooth; let batter rest in the refrigerator for 1 hour (or up to 2 days). Meanwhile, place ricotta in an ultra-fine sieve or a strainer lined with cheesecloth and strain over a bowl in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  2. For the filling, combine ricotta, powdered sugar, vanilla bean paste, and salt in a food processor; process until smooth. Chill ricotta mixture in the refrigerator while cooking crepes.
  3. Heat a small (8 or 9-inch) nonstick pan over medium heat; lightly coat with butter. Add a scant 1/4 cup batter and swirl to completely cover bottom of pan. Cook until the top of the crepe looks dry and the edges start to lightly brown (about 1 to 2 minutes); loosen edges with a rubber spatula, then with your fingertips, and quickly flip. Cook for another 30 seconds, then slide crepe out of pan to cool on a wire rack. Repeat with remaining batter (coat pan with butter as needed). (Keep crepes warm in a low oven.)
  4. For the chocolate sauce, place chopped chocolate and milk in a double boiler or in a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Stir until chocolate is melted and smooth; stir in vanilla and salt. Transfer chocolate sauce to a small piping bag.
  5. To assemble, spread a thin layer of ricotta mixture over each crepe; top with a thin layer of jam. Roll up crepes and drizzle with chocolate sauce; serve immediately. Unfilled crepes can be stacked and stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Notes

To make it easier to spread, place jam in a small bowl and microwave briefly (about 10 seconds); whisk to loosen.

Chocolate sauce adapted from FOOD52


Nutrition

  • Calories: 220

20 comments
  1. Oh my goodness, Laura, these crepes are perfection! I’ve always been intimidated by crepes, simply because of the flipping process. Yours are gorgeous. xx

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