Fifteen years ago I made this dessert for my mother’s birthday. It’s a delicious puff pancake that I topped with a warm chocolate-hazelnut sauce. It was nice and light for after dinner. Even though it was April, it was still really cold outside, so the warm puffy pancake was a perfect dessert.
I got this recipe directly from epicurious.com, so if anyone has an issue with the name “crespella,” please take it up with epicurious! I don’t know how crespella came about – I am aware that the Italian crespelle is more like a crèpe. And this puff pancake is more like a German version of a puff pancake, which is like a flat soufflé.
Instead of using a nutella sauce over the hot pancake, I’m using chilled, sugared berries. After all, it’s summer, and berries are delicious right now. Plus, I love the combination of hot and cold, just like sweet and savory.
So here is the recipe I used from epicurious. Be ready to serve it as soon as it comes out of the oven. Oh, and I just did one little thing different – I used goat’s milk instead of dairy cream.
Oven Crespella with Berries
3 cups of berries of choice, halved if necessary
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, mine included the seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups goat’s milk, divided
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Place the berries, I obviously used blueberries and raspberries, in a medium bowl and sprinkle with the sugar. I didn’t use much, maybe only 1 tablespoon, but if you like your berries sweeter, use more like 1/4 of a cup. Toss the berries together gently and set them aside to macerate. The crespella itself is not very sweet, so sweeter berries isn’t a bad idea.
Another option for the berries is to mash a few of the berries and mix that purée in with the whole berries. That will make them more sauce-like.
Put a 12-inch ovenproof heavy skillet in middle of oven and preheat oven to 450°F.
Whisk together flour, eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt, and 1 1/2 cups goat’s milk in a bowl.
Add butter to skillet and heat over the stove until golden brown, less than 1 minute. Pour batter carefully into the skillet.
Immediately place the skillet in the oven and bake until puffed, set, and golden, 20 minutes. Check at 15 minutes to make sure everything is going well.
It will puff up in the oven.
Cool pancake in skillet on a rack 5 minutes (it will sink).
Cut wedges and serve warm along with the sugared berries.
Dust with confectioners sugar if desired.
A dollop of crème fraiche would also be good with this crespella!
verdict: Since I made this before, I knew it already was good. But unfortunately, it didn’t benefit from the goat’s milk, which I was hoping it would. I love the flavors of goat’s milk and berries. Live and learn!
Looks a lovely dessert and perfect for summer.
Beautiful dessert! loved your nail polish too (side comment, could not resist.. :-)
Hahaha! Thank you!
That looks wonderful & I agree with you on the choice of berries for topping. Sometimes just a little bit of sweet works just fine, especially in the summer.
I just don’t like things over sweet!
Oh gorgeous!! Could this be any more tempting?! Awesome :)
This is beautiful. This recipe is right up my alley. I love the berries and I can only imagine how it plays against he goats milk, eggs and vanilla. This is a serious dessert!
It does remind me more of a german pancake. :) Regardless, it looks scrumptious and I’m sure everyone loved it.
I know. At least I didn’t get any negative comments!
Wow! This looks sooo good! Yum! I must try this recipe out!
You’ll have to tell me what you think!!!
Looks and sounds delightful. And not overly sweet :) Perfect!
I don’t love anything overly sweet!
Delicious! I also do not like my desserts overly sweet so breaking it with the tart berries is perfect.
looks wonderful and with berries in season, it will be perfect. thanks!
You are so welcome! It would be good for breakfast, too!
This looks so good! My whole family would love it!! :)
How is that precious baby of yours?
She’s good, thank you Mimi! :) She’s a cuddly little one… and always smiles when she wakes up from a sleep and sees me there. Warms my heart :)
That is so nice!!! Only one of my babies was cuddly…
Wow you said the magic word Pancake! I adore pancakes and there is nothing nicer than accompanying them with tart berries. Very excited to try this at home. Thanks for sharing. Emma xx
It’s so easy, but a pretty presentation. And it’s really good with nutella thinned with some cream or milk!
Those berries look so tempting!
Such a great idea to use all the fabulous berries that are out right now!
No kidding. I love berry season!!!