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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Topped Cinnamon Vanilla Crepes

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Happy Friday!

Remember this post from Wednesday where I was talking about eating all healthily and stuff?

Well, it didn’t take long for me to go right back to the sweets! I made these yesterday and, seriously they were amazing. My daughter didn’t want to eat her dinner because I made the mistake of giving her a try before we sat down to eat. Bad Mommy! I never learn…

Anyways, this is my Mom’s crepe recipe that I tweaked, changing a few increments and adding in vanilla and cinnamon. I meant them to be more of a dessert crepe, but I’m having the leftovers for breakfast today because I can.

I’m such a rebel.

Ever made crepes before? They sound so fancy and french, don’t they? Well, truth be told, crepes are made with the bare bone basics: flour, milk, eggs, salt, sugar, butter. Things we all have all the time. So what makes them special?

I think lots of people are intimidated by making their own crepes so much so that they shy away from them and/or only make them on rare, special occasions, like Christmas. The cooking portion takes some time, but it’s not difficult in the least and the batter is a breeze. All you need is a good pan and the ability to rotate your wrist. I promise it’s all in the wrist.

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Side note: the more people I meet, the more I realize how lucky I had it. Growing up, my Mom stayed home, raised 6 kids, did all the household chores, and cooked dinner {from scratch!} every night including soup & crepes once a week!

That’s right.

Crepes were on the weekly rotation!

Us Ernhofer’s are lucky folk. And my Momma is the bomb incase you were wondering.

Once I got to college, roommates were shocked when I whipped up a batch of these puppies.

You made CREPES? Really?

Yes. I made crepes. Yes. They are delicious. No. It’s not that hard.

One of my best friends left for part of a semester to study abroad. Once she came back I was informed that my crepes were better than the ones she had in France. I thought she was on crack, but she assured me she was not. SO, pull up a chair and learn from the crepe master. {HA! Ya right…}

I’m not a master, but I do know a thing or two.

You can read the recipe for ALL of the tips and tricks, but the most important thing you need to know about making crepes is in the technique of actually making them. I rotate the hot pan while I pour the batter into it. A simultaneous action, if you will. It takes a little practice, but after a few times of trying you’ll get it down, no problem.

I think that’s the only thing you need to know.

Oh, one more thing: these are life changing, amazing, and a rootin’ darn-tootin’ tasty treat.

Have a great crepe filled weekend! And don’t forget to enter the magazines.com giveaway!

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Topped Cinnamon Vanilla Crepes
yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients:

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for the crepes-
1 1/8 cups milk
2 eggs
2 tablespoons melted butter or canola oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
pinch salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
oil for frying

for the pumpkin cream cheese-
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
2/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice {or more if you like things spicy}
walnuts, for garnish {optional}

Directions:

Pour all ingredients for Crepes into a large bowl or blender.

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Whisk until all ingredients are incorporated. {A few small lumps are ok!} Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least an hour.

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For the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Topping, place all ingredients into a food processor and mix until smooth and evenly combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.

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To fry crepes, heat up a skillet that holds heat well that you can hold comfortably with one hand. Pour in about 1/2 teaspoon oil and swirl to coat bottom of pan. Hold the pan up off the heat and pour a small stream of batter into the hot pan with one hand while simultaneously rotating the pan with your other hand to cover the batter evenly across the bottom. Continue rotating the pan until the batter is evenly coated. Fry until golden brown spots form on the bottom {about 20 seconds}. Flip and cook the other side another 15 seconds and remove to a plate. It might take you a few tries to get the technique down, but once you get it, you’ll be a pro. Add in a few dribbles of oil as needed, usually after every 3 or 4 crepes.

Fold cooked crepes into fourths and top with a dollop of pumpkin cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle walnuts overtop and serve.

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43 Comments

  1. All of my favorite flavors!

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  2. these look amazing! I definitely must try them =)

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  3. I got mentioned in your post! I’m flattered . . . and yes, it is true. You make the very best crepes. In fact, I wish you were here right now to make me some. :-)

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  4. I have never made crepes but need to. These sound perfect, especially with that pumpkin cream cheese!

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    • Lauren — November 7th, 2011 @ 5:40 am

      I’m sorry….WHAT? You MUST make these!

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  5. Your crepes look wonderful and thin! Delicious!

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  6. Thanks for “debunking” the crepe for me (and many others, I’m sure!). I was always afraid I would end up with a floppy mess of dough. 😛

    Love the blog, you have a great teaching style! :)

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  7. I’ve never made crepes. Yours are beautiful and so nice that your best friend commented here! Great recipe for this time of year.

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  8. You should post a video of the pouring batter technique.

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  9. I’ve never made crepes, but these seriously look delicious! what a fun breakfast treat :)

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  10. Crepes are delicious, I normally just top them with a little bit of lemon juice, zest and a sprinkle of sugar.
    Just when I think I’ve seen all the pumpkin recipes there are to see…. you amaze us once again :) This would be the perfect fall Sunday morning breakfast.

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    • Lauren — November 7th, 2011 @ 5:39 am

      That’s exactly how I ate them growing up! Lemon juice and sugar! It’s one of my favorite ways to eat crepes!

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  11. These look wonderful! Great recipe to make for this weekend!

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  12. These sound amazing Lauren! My mom used to make us crepes growing up but we only ever added things like banana, strawberries, and nutella! Never pumpkin! YUM!

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    • Lauren — November 7th, 2011 @ 5:39 am

      My Mom never did pumpkin either…but she did do this lemon ricotta filling that was amazing. She was the one who started my lemon addiction!

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  13. My mom was a stay at home mom that made every meal, too – but never crepes!! You were definitely spoiled! :) These look absolutely fantastic. The flavors sound wonderful.

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  14. I’ve never even had a crepe! These look freaking divine! Yayy for pumpkin :) Have a great weekend

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  15. Yum! I can’t wait to try these for breakfast tomorrow :)

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    • Lauren — November 7th, 2011 @ 5:38 am

      Let me know what you think!

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  16. Mmmm love these! Perfect weekend breakfast food.

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  17. I absolutely LOVE crepes and just got a crepe pan this past summer that I have only used once. I am definitely going to be making these. Just showed the hubby the picture, and he died a little.

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    • Lauren — November 7th, 2011 @ 5:38 am

      I’ve never had a crepe pan before. I don’t know that I’d know what to do with it because I’ve always used a regular skillet!

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  18. they look REALLY good, I love the first picture!

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  19. What gorgeous, tempting pictures! I love crepes, and I’m so happy to see you’re not sick of pumpkin yet either :)

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    • Lauren — November 7th, 2011 @ 5:37 am

      I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of pumpkin! Lol!

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  20. this looks amazing… i’m so feeling pumpkin this season. btw.. did you mean … Cinnamon Vanilla Crepes topped with Pumpkin Cream Cheese, I think you accidentally swapped. :-)

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    • Lauren — November 7th, 2011 @ 5:37 am

      No, I meant the title as is! I like switching things up! :)

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  21. Wow! Yes, these look and sound fantastic. The perfect way to start a crisp fall day.

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  22. I’ve always been so intimidated by crepes-but these look amazing, and easy to do!! Thanks for sharing!! :)

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  23. I took French in high school and around Christmas time we’d have a big feast with everyone bringing a different dish. I brought crepes and had a lot of fun making them…

    The Spanish class would have a big feast as well and we’d go in between rooms enjoying all the food…great memories!

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  24. i can’t wait to try these!

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  25. the crepes never developed golden spots… any idea why? also, does pumpkin puree come in a can? I used Libby canned pumpkin and my cream cheese mixture looks a whole lot more orange than yours.

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    • Lauren — June 10th, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

      Maybe you didn’t leave them in the pan long enough? Or the temperature wasn’t hot enough? Not sure… And the canned pumpkin is also known as pumpkin puree. Same thing!

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  26. Old post but I may make this today. Love your lemon french toast. I even used that filling for crepes. I love crepes!

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