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Sharing authentic Italian recipes entrusted upon me through the privilege of being invited into many Italian homes and kitchen’s abroad. I travel, cook, eat, share, learn and photograph my experiences, a truly soul enriching journey. There are now over 100 recipes on this blog to search from. I am a Melbourne born girl who now resides in Pietrasanta, Italy. Sharing my love for food and all things Italian with you. I am not a professionally trained chef, just a person that really loves cooking and has made my passion my reality! Through talent and drive I now work as a private chef in some of the most prestigious private villa`s here in Tuscany, Italy!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Crepes alla Nutella (crepes with Nutella)

Although the humble crepe is originally from France, they skipped the border and made themselves a part of Italian cuisine. Italian's use crepes to fill with both savoury and sweet fillings. Also using a variety of flours to construct them with such as chestnut and hazelnut flour.  Crepes can also be used to compose cannelloni, typically made using pasta.
Crepes have become a popular 'street food' in Italy, generally accompanied with a big hot pot of melted Nutella ready to poured all over them. The crepe stands are normally situated in major Cities targeting tourists, but I know plenty of Italians that also delight in these wicked parcels. It is impressive to see your crepe being freshly made on a big hot plate as the batter is quickly turned by a wooden rateau. It only takes a minute or two before the paper thin crepe is ready, then covered with lashings of hot Nutella.
I was inspired to make these today as I made my own Nutella earlier in the week (refer to recipe).  The combination of the two together is truly splendid. 
A perfect winter's day treat to delight in and keep you warm.
melted Nutella before spreading on crepes

mixing the egg in the crepe batter
What you need (makes 8-10 crepes):
250g white flour tipo 00
1/2 litre milk
pinch of salt
three organic eggs
40g melted butter

How to make:
1: Sift the flour and pinch of salt into a large bowl. Make a well and add the milk whilst stirring.  Use a whisk to quickly blend and ensure the batter is lump free.
2: Whisk the eggs seperatley and pour into the batter, whisk all together. Cover and set aside for 1/2 hour.
3: Melt the butter and keep in a small jar next to the stove. Heat the crepe pan and add a small amount of butter.
4: Use a soup ladle and add a spoonful directly to the centre of the crepe pan.  If you are lucky enough to own a wooden rateau, use it to evenly turn the batter around the pan.  OR, as you add the batter to the pan quickly rotate the pan on a 45 degree angle and evenly distribute the batter. A ladle size amount should be enough to cover the base of the crepe pan- they are meant to be very thin. Flip once browned.
5: Repeat the process until all the batter is used.
6: Melt a jar of Nutella in a small saucepan and spread evenly over cooked crepes. Fold crepes in half, then half again creating triangles. 
Cast iron crepe pan with wooden rateau

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