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Crepes With Whipped Cream and Fresh Four Berry Topping Recipe

Today is my blog’s 3rd birthday. To celebrate, I thought I would go to France. Either that or, you know, have a cup of tea and blog about crepes. Crepes are always nice…

They are quite impressive and easy to make. Perfect for Easter Sunday even. The whipped cream and berries can be made ahead of time and placed in the fridge. The crepes can be made early in the morning and covered to keep nicely. Such a happy, fancy dessert and so very, well, French.

For the crepes:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Place ingredients in blender in order listed. Blend until it becomes a lovely, thin creamy batter.

Turn burner for crepe pan (non-stick crepe pan recommended) to just above low heat. Get 1/3 measuring cup ready. Place about 1/4 teaspoon of butter in pan (optional with a non-stick pan). Melt & spread butter around.

Crepes should be very thin. Allow to cook until top is done, then flip upside-down on to parchment paper. Place parchment paper in between crepes. This recipe makes about 8 crepes – depending on the size of your crepe pan.

For the whipped cream:

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

To make whipped cream, whip heavy cream in a very clean mixing bowl until it has soft peaks. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and mix again until it has stiff peaks.

Place whipped cream in middle of crepe as pictured above.

Roll crepe gently until completely rolled. Place on plate. If desired, use a decorating bag with a large border tip to decorate top of crepes with whipped cream as well.

For berry topping:

Rinse & then mix a small container each of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries (sliced) and blackberries in a large bowl. Gently stir in about 1/2 cup of sugar. Allow berries to rest for about 20 minutes, until sugar draws out the delicious juices.  Top crepes with berry mixture.

 

Downtown Victoria BC, Canada & March Trophy Cupcake Winner!

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This week I took a little trip with dotter to Victoria BC. The last time I had been to Victoria was when I was still teasing my algebra teacher about his excessive sneezing so I was excited to see how things had changed in thirty years. First  stop: Downtown Victoria.

One of my fondest memories of Victoria was the Crystal Garden. I remember the floral aromas, tropical plants and perhaps my very first sighting of real flamingos.  This was a big deal for me as I had a children’s encyclopedia that had a picture of flamingos and the book was permanently scored to that page. I do love flamingos.

As it turns out, the Crystal Garden had closed in 1971. This meant that even when I went as a teenager, it was no longer the Crystal Garden. Surprise! By the time I visited in the early eighties, it was just a tropical garden & conservation center that had been operated by the Provincial Capital Commission. Today, the Crystal Garden is a convention center (although the sign still reads “Crystal Garden”). There are shops along the outside, including the Spaghetti Factory. Nothing like feeling out of the loop.

The Bay Centre was a mall with at least 3 stories and all the comforts of home such as familiar stores, a Starbucks and a cash machine. Dotter & her friend had fun wandering through as I purchased a magazine & relaxed on a bench flipping through it.

Eventually we were hungry & stopped at Liberty Cafe which was across from the Crystal Garden which, you know, hasn’t been the Crystal Garden since 1971. I wonder whatever happened to those gorgeous flamingos. Speaking of gorgeous…

Dotter, her BFF and I decided to choose three items from the cafe to share so we could try a variety of things. This is actually my new habit and they just look at me funny. We tried a sausage roll, a roasted tomato sandwich and this turkey & pesto number. We had no regrets. Thank you, Liberty Cafe. Thank you.

We strolled down Douglas Street quite a few times on our trip. Old church buildings always catch my eye. Always.

Rapunzel?

Chinatown in Victoria is just off of Government Street. Why, oh why, did we not go here for our Chinese dinner?

A short documentary about Victoria’s Chinatown.

Cool signs always catch my eye. Always.

On the first taxi ride to our hotel, the driver pointed out Roger’s Chocolates. On the last day, we finally wandered into the store.

It was as though we had stepped back in time with the dark, rich, glorious wood cabinetry.

Two shiny green foil wrapped peppermints and two salted caramels, pretty please. With all of the changes and surprises I found when returning to Victoria after all these years, it was a delight to find Roger’s Chocolates was still perfectly perfect after 125 years of being Canada’s first chocolates. Watch for more posts about my discoveries in Victoria this week. I won’t be mentioning any more about our scary Chinese take out experience but I will be highlighting fun things to do on your next visit.

Here is the March winner of the Trophy Cupcake gift card for a dozen cupcakes! Congratulations, Berry, start choosing your favorite Trophy Cupcake flavors!


P.S. If you’d like to see flamingos while in Victoria now-a-days, you will need to check out the Butterfly Gardens which are just a hop & a skip away from Butchart Gardens.

Oak Bay Marina in Victoria BC, Canada

The Fairmont Empress & Victoria’s Inner Harbour

 
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