Berry’d Crespella

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.
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Oven Crespella with Berries

3 cups of berries of choice, halved if necessary
Sugar
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
Confectioners sugar

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.

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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.

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Add butter to skillet and heat over the stove until golden brown, less than 1 minute. Pour batter carefully into the skillet.

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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.

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It will puff up in the oven.

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Cool pancake in skillet on a rack 5 minutes (it will sink).

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Cut wedges and serve warm along with the sugared berries.

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Dust with confectioners sugar if desired.

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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!

By Published On: July 23rd, 201330 Comments

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!

30 Comments

  1. thesinglegourmetandtraveller July 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM - Reply

    Looks a lovely dessert and perfect for summer.

  2. sallybr July 23, 2013 at 10:18 AM - Reply

    Beautiful dessert! loved your nail polish too (side comment, could not resist.. :-)

  3. dianeskitchentable July 23, 2013 at 10:54 AM - Reply

    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.

  4. KellyInTheKitchenDotNet July 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM - Reply

    Oh gorgeous!! Could this be any more tempting?! Awesome :)

  5. abrooke65 July 23, 2013 at 12:18 PM - Reply

    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!

  6. richardmcgary July 23, 2013 at 1:18 PM - Reply

    It does remind me more of a german pancake. :) Regardless, it looks scrumptious and I’m sure everyone loved it.

    • chef mimi July 23, 2013 at 1:54 PM - Reply

      I know. At least I didn’t get any negative comments!

  7. tastytreats13 July 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM - Reply

    Wow! This looks sooo good! Yum! I must try this recipe out!

    • chef mimi July 23, 2013 at 6:42 PM - Reply

      You’ll have to tell me what you think!!!

  8. johnnysenough hepburn July 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM - Reply

    Looks and sounds delightful. And not overly sweet :) Perfect!

  9. Bam's Kitchen July 24, 2013 at 3:54 AM - Reply

    Delicious! I also do not like my desserts overly sweet so breaking it with the tart berries is perfect.

  10. denise and sandy July 24, 2013 at 5:03 AM - Reply

    looks wonderful and with berries in season, it will be perfect. thanks!

    • chef mimi July 24, 2013 at 10:53 AM - Reply

      You are so welcome! It would be good for breakfast, too!

  11. mmmarzipan July 24, 2013 at 6:22 AM - Reply

    This looks so good! My whole family would love it!! :)

    • chef mimi July 24, 2013 at 10:53 AM - Reply

      How is that precious baby of yours?

      • mmmarzipan July 24, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        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 :)

      • chef mimi July 25, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        That is so nice!!! Only one of my babies was cuddly…

  12. emmabarrett1508 July 24, 2013 at 8:35 AM - Reply

    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

    • chef mimi July 24, 2013 at 10:53 AM - Reply

      It’s so easy, but a pretty presentation. And it’s really good with nutella thinned with some cream or milk!

  13. radhika25 July 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM - Reply

    Those berries look so tempting!

  14. The Global Garnish Geek July 29, 2013 at 11:30 AM - Reply

    Such a great idea to use all the fabulous berries that are out right now!

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