Strawberry Mascarpone Crepes
For dessert, we went with something lighter, crepes filled with mascarpone crème, orange zest, and strawberries, served with a trio of strawberry sauces to see which went best with the wine. One sauce had cardamom, one fresh tarragon, and one basil. I enjoyed all 3 but the basil was my favorite with the pairing.
These light easy crepes are perfect for a quick dessert that looks beautiful.
Time: 35 Minutes
Yield: 4 people
Ingredients for the Crepes
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup flour
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- Butter, for coating the pan
Mix the ingredients, you can use a mixer, or a blender. Then let the batter rest in the refrigerator for an hour to let the bubbles rest. This will keep the crepes from tearing.
Heat a small non stick pan, add butter to coat. Pour an ounce of batter in the center and swirl it to coat the pan evenly. Cook 30 seconds and flip. Cook 10 seconds and remove to a board or plate to cook. Repeat until your batter is gone. (Once they are cool, you can stack them and they will keep in the fridge for several days)
Ingredients for the filling
- 1 Cup mascarpone cheese
- 2 Tablespoons milk
- 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/4 ground cinnamon
Beat mascarpone, milk, granulated sugar and cinnamon 2 minutes with an electric mixer on high until well blended. Keep cold.
For the Strawberry sauce
Cook crushed strawberries with lemon juice and sugar to taste. We did 3 sauces to test with the wine we were pairing. One had fresh basil, one ground cardamom and the last had fresh tarragon. You can add a variety of herbs or spices depending on your mood and your pairing.
Spread a thin layer of the mascarpone filling, layout some thinly sliced strawberries, roll and slice in half to see the roll, garnish with powdered sugar, orange zest and drizzle with the strawberry sauce.
Keep in mind that with crepes, the sky is the limit. You can do these sweet or savory with a wide variety of flavors, serve them open like an elegant pancake, folded in half or quarters or rolled as we did. You can also flavor the batter, with cocoa or change out your oil, subbing in coconut oil for the butter, or changing out the flour. The fillings, well, that’s all up to your imagination!
Mascarpone crepes with strawberry sauce
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AD Beckham Amphora Pinot Gris
A couple of years ago we made our way to the Beckham Estate Vineyard. It sits at the east end of the Chehalem Mountains AVA on what is known as Parrett Mountain. We spent the morning with Annedria Beckham tasting through their wines and hearing the story of the winery first hand on their patio, their dog Ruby Tuesday curled up to keep us company. They have a fascinating story, which you can read in our post here.
One of the things that drew me to Beckham was their Amphorae program, called AD Beckham. You see, Andrew Beckham is a ceramics artist. Annedria had come across an article on Elizabetta Foradori in Italy where she was making wine in terra cotta vessels.
I thought about it 3 different times before I decided to show the article to Andrew…I said “you know I’ve heard of this winemaker and I’ve heard of her wines, we should see if we can get some in Oregon.” And he flipped through and said, “I can make those”. Annedria Beckham
The die was cast, he ordered clay the next day.
Robin Renken is a wine writer and Certified Specialist of Wine. She and her husband Michael travel to wine regions interviewing vineyard owners and winemakers and learning the stories behind the glass.
When not traveling they indulge in cooking and pairing wines with food at home in Las Vegas.