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Crepes Recipe with Cherries

This crepes recipe, aka Crepeauflauf mit Kirschen, is one of the great brunch menu ideas that's so special yet easy to make. 

An "auflauf" is traditionally like a bread pudding consistency, yet the translated word is "casserole".

Even though I wouldn't call this a crepe casserole, it's a combination of crepes cut into strips, jarred sour cherries, and a batter that includes Kefir, a pro-biotic fermented milk drink.

Kefir is available in most Health Food stores as well as many supermarkets.

Not only healthy, but delicious as well!

To make this cherry recipe, you can make the crepes the day before and then just put it together the day you need it. Pop it into the oven and serve about 40 minutes later.


Crepes with Cherries

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup soda water
  • 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 16 oz jar pitted sour cherries, drained
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup kefir

Instructions:

  • Prepare the crepes batter by mixing together the flour, 1 egg, and soda water. Let stand about 1 hour.
  • Melt the butter in a crepe pan or frying pan and using about 1/4 of the batter, make one crepe, browning both sides. Repeat with remaining batter, making a total of 4 crepes.
  • Let crepes cool. Roll cooled crepes and cut into strips.
  • Preheat oven to 325° F.
  • Grease a casserole dish. Layer crepes strips and drained cherries.
  • Beat 3 egg whites until stiff.
  • Mix together 1/4 cup butter, sugar, 3 egg yolks, milk, and kefir until well mixed. Gently fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites.
  • Pour over crepes/cherry and bake about 40 minutes or until lightly browned.

Even though I make sure the cherries have been pitted, I always warn my guests (and family) when making this crepes recipe to be careful in case one pit has been overlooked. If you use jarred (or canned) cherries frequently, keep track of the brand names. You will find that some brands are more susceptible to having occasional un-pitted cherries slip through than others.

Could you use other fruits beside cherries?

I would think so. But, I just love cherries, so this recipe has yet to be altered by me. If you try something else, do let me know how it turns out!


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