Thursday, June 20, 2013

Sourdough Surprises: “Oh, Crap” Crepe Cake

I had a gut feeling about the the challenge for this month's Sourdough Surprises. I was thinking pancakes. Maybe because I haven't done them in a while, and I have my tried and true recipe. It turned out to be crepes – so I wasn't too far off. And my first thought was “Oh, crap.” I have a hard enough time with pancakes. Crepes?

But a challenge is a challenge, and then I remembered a Crepe Cake I had seen on Delish. I had a plan.

I tweaked the suggested recipe just a tad for my tastes and my roughly 100% hydration starter:

“Oh Crap” Sourdough Crepe Cake
Serves 4

1 cup sourdough starter
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons melted butter
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup of milk
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 box prepared chocolate fudge pudding

Whisk all ingredients in a bowl. Add milk until it reaches a very smooth, thin batter consistency, I normally use about 1/3 cup of milk but depending on the consistency of your starter, you might use a bit less or a bit more.
In a not too big, but not too small frying pan (about 8″ – 10″ is perfect) heat the frying pan over medium high heat. Once hot, add a teaspoon or so of butter, allow it to melt quickly and then immediately pour in 1/4 cup of crepe batter, tilting the pan with a circular motion to allow the batter to coat the  bottom of the pan and create a circle of crepe.
Cook the crepe for about two minutes, until the bottom has splotches of light brown.  With a spatula, very carefully loosen the crepe and flip over. Cook for about 30 seconds and decant onto a plate.
Allow crepes to cool. Stack on plate, topping each with about 2 tablespoons of pudding and spreading to cover

As you can see, I got a little egregious. For one thing, the ladle I always thought was 1/4 cup is actually only about 2 1/2 tablespoons, so they turned out too small and therefore the cake ended up too tall. For two, I was assembling it while hungry. So hungry I cut into it before I remembered to snap a picture! So the “Oh Crap” thought that came to mind when I saw the challenge is now the official name of this cake.

The good news: In my nonstick skillet, they required very little extra butter. Plus, I actually found them easier than pancakes. And the cake was especially delicious with the almond extract.

You never know what you're capable of until you try. I'm definitely putting this recipe in the keeper file. And next time, hopefully it turns out even better.

Now on to the next challenge...

20 comments:

  1. Crepe cake just made the Must Try List - and I'm still grinning at the title. :>)

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  2. Wow!! This is definitely over the top:) Delicious~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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    1. Lol, I should have thought of that :-) Thanks :-)

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  3. I've always wanted to make a crêpe cake! I admire your adventurous spirit with this challenge :)

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  4. Hahaha! I am glad someone else thought, "Oh crap" when it was announced that the challenge was crepes. I have to try this crepes cake!

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    1. They call it a challenge for a reason :-)

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  5. OMG...I am sooo trying this!!! That sounds delicious, and I LOVE the name :)

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  6. Never had crepe cake but it looks heavenly! Yum! Drool!

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  7. Haha, that's funny you thought pancakes and we did crepes! You were so close!! :) And yes, these are surprisingly easy to make! And that crepe cake looks amazing!!

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  8. Oh my gosh, I SO wanted to do a crepe cake, but wasn't organized enough to get everything together for it. Yours looks awesome! I can't wait to try one myself... :)

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    1. Fortunately it was all pantry staples for me :-). Thanks!

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  9. A crepe cake has been on my list of recipes to try forever! I need to move it to the top of the list!
    Beautiful job on this challenge

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  10. I find crepes easier to make than pancakes too. I've always wanted to make a crepe cake. I love the striped look!

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    1. Let's just say it even tasted better than it looked :-)

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