Vegan crêpes with vanilla cream and berries
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- 120 g / 1 cup plain flour or GF plain flour blend or buckwheat flour*
- 480-600 ml / 2-2½ cups almond milk (or other thin plant based milk)
- 1 tbsp oil, I use refined coconut oil, plus more for frying**
- 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
VANILLA CREAM (optional)
- 225 g / 1½ cups cashews, soaked overnight or in boiling water for 30 minutes
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or seeds from 1 vanilla pod**
- ¼ cup coconut cream (from a tin of full fat coconut milk, I used this brand)
- 4 tbsp maple syrup, adjust to taste
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- fresh or frozen berries or chia jam
- dark chocolate shavings (optional)
- Place flour in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and very gradually start adding in plant milk (60 ml / ¼ cup at a time) whisking the whole time. Whisk well after each addition to ensure that there are no lumps in the batter. Initially the batter will look thick and gloopy, but it will start looking like a crêpe batter with every milk addition.
- Whisk in oil (or smooth almond butter), maple syrup (if using) and adjust the amount of plant milk to ensure the batter is the right consistency – it should be runny, but should coat the back of the spoon. I found that buckwheat flour requirs more milk (600 ml / 2½ cups) than plain flour or GF plain flour mix (480 ml / 2 cups), so please proceed with caution – it’s easier to thin the batter than to thicken it.
- Heat up a medium (I used 24 cm / 9.5 ” pan) non-stick pan on a medium heat. Brush the pan with a small amount of oil to make sure that the pancakes do not stick. Take the pan into your hand (off the stove) and pour a thin layer of batter (I found that 80 ml / 1/3 cup of batter is optimal) into the pan and swivel it well to form a thin, round crêpe. Put the pan back on the stove and cook until the crêpe no longer sticks to the pan and can be flipped to the other side. Once flipped, cook the crêpe on the other side for another minute or so.
- Put cooked crêpes in a stack so that they do not dry out and become brittle.
- Once ready to serve, fill each crêpe with vanilla cream and berries, sprinkle with more berries and chocolate shavings.
VANILLA CREAM (optional)
- Rinse the cashews and chop them roughly. If you own a very powerful blender (like a Vitamix or Blendtec) this step may be completely redundant, but with my low-range (and fairy old) blender, this is the only way I can achieve a smooth consistency without adding too much liquid.
- Divide the chopped cashews into six portions roughly. Chuck the first portion of chopped cashews into a blender with vanilla seeds, coconut cream, maple syrup and lemon juice. Process until super smooth.
- Once smooth, add another portion of the chopped cashews. Process until smooth and repeat until you’ve used up all of the cashews. Towards the end, the mixture will become very thick and heavy and your blender may struggle to turn. To remedy this, start making circles on the surface of your mixture (in the direction of the turning blades) with a spatula to prevent air pockets forming under the mixture’s surface. Be careful not to dip the spatula in too deep as you don’t want to accidentally touch the turning blades. If you follow the technique I’ve described above, there should be enough moisture in this recipe (from coconut cream, lemon juice and maple syrup if using) not to have to use any water, which means you’ll end up with a thick and smooth cream-cheese like mixture.
- Place the mixture in the refrigerator for a few hours to firm up.