Just came back from my native beautiful land, Canada. Or more precisely Quebec, on the East part of Canada a.k.a. the french part. So coming from the land of maples, which in the fall is simply magical to see with all those bright red leaves, and it’s exceptional elixir called maple syrup I had to share a breakfast recipe we do on occasion, the famous “crêpe à la quebecoise” is a thin crepe with bacon, cheese and a drizzle of delicious maple syrup. A fairly easy to make recipe which is sweet and savoury, the perfect bite to a great day.
The idea is to start with the sweet and savory crepe, then you make a second with fruits and maple syrup. All the ingredients are on the table and people choose what they feel like. Some prefer only bacon and maple syrup others are adding an egg to the mix, it’s all up to you. The essential ingredient though always as a role to play on those breakfast crepes: the maple syrup goes on every single one. My grandma was cooking everything with it, from lard beans to dumplings cooked directly in a massive amount of maple sirup.
A healthier sugar
This irresistible syrup is not only part of our heritage, thanks to the natives who taught us how to produce such a delight, this maple sirup is the closest to healthy sugar there is on this earth. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still filled with sucrose which isn’t healthy, but the main benefit of maple syrup lay in a component called quebecol which makes carbohydrate longer to digest and apparently would slow down the growth of cancer cells. Also, it’s filled with health benefits like antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds and has a low glycemic index. The darker the syrup the more taste you’ll have and also the more health benefits you’ll get. Although the clearer types are considered more of a delicacy and highly praised by gastronomes and chefs around the world.
So let’s start the day on the right foot!
Crêpe à la québécoise
- 250g of flour (all purpose)
- about 300g of milk
- 2 tbsp of melted butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp of sugar
- 1 tsp of salt
- cooked bacon strips (count 3 per crepes)
- cheddar (not too strong)
- Maple syrup (as desired)
- First mix the flour, salt and sugar together
- Then make a well in the center of the flour pot and add the eggs and a touch of milk and start whisking (staying in the well)
- Add more milk and whisk the well bigger and bigger while the milk it incorporated
- Depending on the flour you use, add more milk, until the consistency is looking like a heavy cream and homogeneous
- Add the melted butter, mix a last time and cover with a plastic wrap
- Refrigerate for about an hour before use
- In a hot non stick pan, or crepe pan, add a touch of grease of your choice, and add the mixture to the center of the pan and turn circularly until the crepe is round
- Cook until light brown on each side
- Serve right away, warm
Enjoy making those sweet and savory crepes!